Our current research areas include:
WeCare: End of Life Care is a research group that studies suffering at the end of life from a clinical perspective. End of Life Care is an area of great complexity. The aim of this group is to unite different perspectives on the same issues and thus offer real solutions to patients who are suffering, healthcare professional who work in this field and other members of society (carers, family, peers, mass media etc).
Specifically, in adults the phenomenon of the Wish to Hasten Death (WTHD) manifests itself as one of the extreme reactions to suffering which, until now, has not been studied in depth. Our team addresses this issue from the patients’ individual perspective and that of those in their immediate environment. Our methodology involves qualitative and quantitative techniques which facilitate our understanding of this phenomenon. Identifying the loss of ‘Meaning in Life’ (MiL) in patients at the end of their lives has led us to broaden our knowledge and analysis of its link to the WTHD.
While in adults serious illness and death can be addressed as part of a natural process, the same situations at the beginning of life are very hard to deal with. Our group also studies this issue from a clinical perspective, with a view to developing perinatal palliative care.