University of Glasgow program

Global Challenges and Dilemmas in End of Life Care

Examine the demographic, epidemiological and policy dimensions of delivering end-of-life care in the global context.

This program is part of the MSc End of Life Studies degree offered by The University of Glasgow

Challenges and Dilemmas in End of Life Care

This programme sets out the demographic, epidemiological and policy dimensions of delivering end of life care in the global context, taking account of differing settings, such as home, hospital, care home, and hospice. It will explore the rise of the modern field of hospice and palliative care, examining core elements, debates and models of service organisation and practice. The course will interrogate the current evidence on the global development of palliative care, the relevant indicators, the methodological challenges and the applications of evidence to global policy making processes. It will consider the roles of key agencies and non-state actors in advocating for palliative care as a human right and an aspect of Universal Health Coverage. It will examine selected case studies of end of life care delivery in Japan, India, and Scotland and consider the efficacy of specific interventions such as the Liverpool Care Pathway, Hospice Medicare and the World Health Organization (WHO) pain ladder.


1 course

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the developing need for end of life care globally, and the extent to which this is being met by available provision of relevant services, along with associated threats and opportunities.

  2. Critique key methodological and theoretical debates in the literature on the global provision of end of life care.

  3. Analyse competing perspectives in policy and organisational strategies for end of life care, the roles of key national and international factors within these, and also the specific cultural values that attach to palliative care.

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