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End of Life Care: Challenges and Innovation

University of Glasgow via FutureLearn

Overview

Learn about new directions and the latest thinking on end of life care.

Death itself may be certain, but how we die involves many challenges. On this course, you’ll explore the care we receive when dying, cultural variations and beliefs around what makes a good death, and the planning and timing of death.

With increasingly ageing populations, we are living longer but dying more slowly. New ideas around end of life care are therefore emerging in different contexts. You will discover the patterns and global trends taking place in palliative care, and explore these new approaches from a social science and humanities perspective.

This course is for people interested in or engaged in matters relating to death, dying, bereavement, palliative and end of life care.

This course will be of special interest to those working in healthcare, including physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health and social care professionals.

The course will also appeal to practitioners, students, researches, volunteers and policymakers in end of life care, as well as social activists and those working in artistic and cultural media who are working on end of life issues.

It is ideal for anybody considering taking The University of Glasgow’s MSc End of Life Studies

Taught by

David Clark

Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 72 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is a challenging subject for everyone. My sincere thanks go to the educators and fellow learners for such a very thought-provoking opportunity, and to FL for enabling peers who wished to share their head and heart thoughts in its safe global environment. The...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is designed to give the student a wider perspective about death and other aspects associated with it. It has been a great learning experience to know about assisted suicide, the guidelines behind it. New terms like rational suicide, coffin club, personalised funeral, were very thought provoking and helped me understand ,how rest of the worlsidhandling this natural phenomenon.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A very interesting and challenging course that opens the conversation on death and dying - a topic that needs to be talked about. The content is very relevant. I think one area that is perhaps lacking is the a section on palliative/end of life care as also a very valid choice .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is an excellent course. It is well-designed and progresses naturally. I learnt a lot in the course. The videos are very clearly articulated, and they have good content. The articles are also well-chosen and informative. I'd have liked some quiz or "test".
    Thanks for the good course.
  • Carolyn completed this course.

    This course enabled me to explore and reflect on many questions and experiences I have had with end of life care, death and dying, as a community occupational therapist (OT) and as a human being. I was able to challenge myself and others' ideas, yet...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this to be an excellent overview of contemporary issues in end of life matters. The material was easy to understand, well organized, and substantive. I highly recommend this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Interesting and thought provoking course covering all aspects of dying.
    Well organised content and plenty of opportunities for discussion.
    Overall an excellent and highly enjoyable course
  • Jonathan M.

    Jonathan completed this course.

    As a freebie this is great, but on occasions it does lack nuance, and picks out some highlights (eg the coffin club) which are great fun, and uses them to build an argument around personalisation which is difficult to sustain. The reality is that funerals...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course very interesting in that it challenges the normal rites and rituals. With a Global ageing population, it is time to Have that Conversation, not only the aged, their carers, friends and families but society at large and this course...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    this course give me good insight into all different acts of assisted dying . the course has give the legislations and lawfully rights. I agree that the elderly have earned the right to assisted dying especially in the case of the 104 year old gentleman,...
  • Phyllis W.

    Phyllis completed this course.

    This course has come at just the right time, concerned as we all are, in times of imminent threat to life. Covid 19 can strike with alarming rapidity, leaving both doctors and relatives unaware of the wishes of the seriously ill patient. Through...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course to be interesting and stimulating. There were topics I knew about and were happy to go over, and others which were new to me, and so expanded my knowledge. It took me much longer than 4 hours per week as I followed up on every link and read all the comments (which were illuminating). I did not get answers to my 2 questions, although, later I found out there was an email help which I used and did get a reply. (I think perhaps switching between my mobile phone and laptop caused a minor technical issue). It would have been great to have had direct contact with the tutors, but this was a free course and they obviously put a lot into it when they designed and wrote it, for which I am grateful.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Having just completed the course in the midst of the Coronavirus was very apt. The challenges people are facing with the deaths of family members and not being able to be present or to have a funeral raises all sorts of questions.
    The well-constructed and informative articles and videos open up the complexities of 'end of life care' and offer a global perspective.
    The questions and discussion threads are helpful in adding different opinions.
    Frankly, this should be part of the 'life-skills' so many secondary / colleges are suppose to be teaching these days. If young people need to learn about finances, they also need to learn about and become more comfortable in thinking about and dealing with death.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thanks for this course. I found it really thought provoking, looking a little more in detail at things I had some familiarity with but have learned more from the course materials and discussions with other students. Main learning points for me are the variety of the types of , and processes of 'assisted dying', I hadn't realized there was so much variation, and the concept of compassionate communities.

    I've worked in palliative care in a variety of settings over a lot of years, but the course was still interesting for me, though not clinically focused. Would definitely recommend it. Thanks University of Glasgow!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is relevant with up to date information which includes a section about the impact of Covid 19 on funerals. I liked the topics covered which pose questions and allow you as the learner to share your thinking through the discussion section. I felt enlightened and connected with many of the topics discussed and did not feel at anytime pressured to agree or disagree. This course promotes being open to communicate which is the key around this topic. At no time did I feel the topics discussed were morbid or macabre. I do recommend this subject for anyone wanting to explore, understand or are just curious.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was very interesting and thought provoking. From some of the comments in the discussion I think it challenged some peoples perspectives on death and dying. I appreciated the effort taken to incorporate the issue of COVID-19 and the impact it has had on the end of life issues especially on funerals and mourning.

    I learnt about Death Cafes, I had never heard of that before. I was able to appreciated the importance that community and society has on death and dying. Where you live had a big impact on views of "assisted dying" and "rationale suicide". I liked the format and found it easy to follow.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It provides a highly accessible introduction to very important issues that will affect us all. The content was easy to understand and links to additional resources were made available for those with the time and inclination for additional study. The material is thought provoking and the discussions interesting. Having to come up with answers to some of the questions gave me an opportunity to test my own assumptions around issues such as assisted dying, for example, and also to give some my thought to my feelings about personalised funerals.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The individuals who are faced with the challenges of end of life care are as diverse in their approaches as the participants of this course. The innovative approaches to discussing how to approach the end of life, tend to try to help with preparation. The important issues are presented for discussion and the MOOC dialogue posts have a broad spectrum of responses. If you are considering working in the field of age care this course will widen your perspectives and awareness of the confronting aspects of the challenges of end of life care.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was truly eye-opening and I feel that I have learnt so much about end of life care as well as my own beliefs on important matters surrounding death. I will be applying to the University of Glasgow's medical school this year, and am very interested in further developing my understanding of this highly important topic.

    I would really recommend this course to anyone who wishes to explore beliefs, theories and practices surrounding death and dying, as well as developing further insight into their own personal beliefs.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I joined this course because of my interest in palliative care and (non-medical aspects of) ageing. After my degrees in Medicine and Vitality and Ageing, I still learnt a lot during this course! I really like the societal views and implications for innovations which makes palliative care even more interesting for me. I even feel more empowered to make a change and spread the word! The content is very interesting, but also of a good academic level with interesting background readings. Thanks so much!

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