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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network

Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed

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Project: Imminence of Death of Scottish Hospital Inpatients

Imminence of Death of Scottish Hospital Inpatients

As the population ages and the number of deaths increases, so the need for palliative care at the end of life is growing. But how can clinicians and services best identify those who might benefit from palliative care?

In March 2014 Professor David Clark and his team published a paper showing the likelihood of death within 12 months among a cohort of all hospital inpatients in Scotland on a fixed ‘census’ date.

It was the first time such a study had been conducted anywhere in the world. The study has been a massive call to action for hospitals to give greater priority to identifying inpatients who might benefit from palliative care.