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"In the U.S., a view of palliative care as an appropriate clinical specialization program at any point of illness is expanding."

David Clark, founder of the International Observatory on End of Life Care and professor at the University of Glasgow, made a stay at the ICS of the University of Navarra.

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06/11/14 15:26 Carlota Cortés

"In the United States, a vision of palliative care as a clinical specialization program that can be appropriate at any point of the disease, not only in its terminal phase, is spreading through the cinema and the media". This was stated at the University of Navarra by David Clark, director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Glasgow (Campus Dumfries), founder of the International Observatory on Endo of Life Care and vice-president of Help the Hospices, which focuses on the history and global development of palliative care.

The expert spent a two-week stay in the ATLANTES Program Program at Institute for Culture and Society to work with the team members on the orientation of the research projects and to analyze possible strategic lines of partnership in the future. In addition, Professor Clark has been appointed Visiting Professor of the School of Medicine of campus.

Intangible aspects, indicators and development of policies, and message.

David Clark emphasized that the three strategic lines of research of the ATLANTES Program complement each other: intangible aspects, indicators and development of palliative care policies and message.

"First, ATLANTES studies the intangible aspects of palliative care through questions with a more philosophical, spiritual and religious approach , and also analyzes how the values associated with this internship have changed over time," he said.

Secondly, he noted that the team seeks to compile the development of palliative care in Europe: "We look at policies, infrastructures and outcomes. In particular, Kathrin Wotha is looking at indicators that we could use for our programs of study".

Finally, he pointed out that the message about palliative care-what you want to convey and to what audience-constitutes "another basic pillar" of research. On the latter, he recalled that two types of audience can be distinguished: the group of professionals, to whom messages about Education and communication between them could be addressed, and the general public.