End of life care in Scotland

We work with colleagues on studies to promote aspects of end of life care in Scotland.

Some of this is focussed in one rural region – Dumfries and Galloway. This work has attracted funding for the inaugural Dame Barbara Kelly Fellowship, awarded by the Crichton Institute.

The funding is allowing a full time postgraduate research student Jacqueline Kandsberger to investigate in detail the challenges we face in delivering supportive, palliative and end of life care in Dumfries and Galloway.

Marie Curie Scotland gave us funding for the data analysis on our collaborative study Imminence of death among hospital inpatients in Scotland and Denmark. Our research team are working with NHS practitioners in Scotland and academics from the University of Southern Denmark.

Professor David Clark consulted on the Scottish Government Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care, and gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee inquiry into end of life care in Scotland, both in 2015.

We are doing research into the idea of developing housing with care on the site of the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, the Crichton Care Campus.

Related publications

Clark, D. , Schofield, L., Graham, F., Jarlbaek, L., Gott, M. and Isles, C. (2015) Hospital care in the last year of life. British Medical Journal, 2015(351), h4266. (doi:10.1136/bmj.h4266) (PMID:26253242)

Clark, D. , Armstrong, M., Allan, A., Graham, F., Carnon, A. and Isles, C. (2014) Imminence of death among a national cohort of hospital inpatients: Prevalent cohort study. Palliative Medicine, 28(6), pp. 474-479. (doi:10.1177/0269216314526443) (PMID:24637342) (PMCID:PMC4845030)

Inbadas, H. , Carrasco, J. M., Gillies, M. and Clark, D. (2018) The level of provision of specialist palliative care services in Scotland: an international benchmarking study. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 8(1), pp. 87-92. (doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001301) (PMID:28765106) (PMCID:PMC5867426)

Inbadas, H. , Gillies, M. and Clark, D. (2016) Scottish Atlas of Palliative Care. University of Glasgow: Glasgow. ISBN 9780852619513

Inbadas, H. , Gillies, M., Carrasco, J. and Clark, D. (2017) Development of an Atlas of Specialist Palliative Care for Scotland. 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Madrid, Spain, 18 - 20 May 2017.

Black, H., Waugh, C., Munoz-Arroyo, R., Carnon, A., Allan, A., Clark, D. , Graham, F. and Isles, C. (2016) Predictors of place of death in South West Scotland 2000-2010: Retrospective cohort study. Palliative Medicine, 30(8), pp. 764-771. (doi:10.1177/0269216315627122) (PMID:26857358) (PMCID:PMC4994701)

Clark, D. , Schofield, L., Graham, F. M., Gott, M. and Jarlbaek, L. (2016) Likelihood of death within one year among a national cohort of hospital inpatients in Scotland. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 52(2), e2-e4. (doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.05.007) (PMID:27262261)