Health documentary about the end of life

11 02 2013

Under the title ‘ of death we are all ’, the production has been widely accepted in social networks and in national and international forums.


The documentary ‘ death we are all ’ reflected through first-person testimonials how to die the Andalusians and do have family and people carers about the attention they receive patients at the end of life. Almost a year after its presentation in the days of quality and dignity to dying, held in the Andalusian School of public health (EASP), the video It has received about 4.000 visits, with a great acceptance in social networks and in other fora and seminars both nationally and internationally.

This video was created precisely with the idea “provide elements for reflection on a fairly taboo in our society as it is death”, explained Maite cross Piqueras, the EASP technique and video Coordinator, made in turn by the anthropologist Marina Pérez Trigueros.

The first additional provision of the Law 2/2010 of 8 April rights and guarantees of the dignity of persons in the process of dying urged the Ministry of health and Social Welfare of the Junta de Andalucía to prepare, “within the period of one year, a study on how to die the Andalusians in order to assess regularly the implementation and impact of this law”, explained Cruz. To gather information on the effects that this law was having among the Andalusian citizens, raised a research with qualitative methodology. The objective of this research was to evaluate, from the perspective of family members and caregivers, the care received by the patients at the end of life. To do this, they became 10 interviews in different parts of Andalusia and with different profiles of individuals and family carers of people.

Although in general family and caregivers appreciate care received, the documentary raises a number of demands and to improve aspects that can be summarized in the improvement of communication between patients, family members and healthcare professionals; reinforcing elements of privacy of the person who is going to die; disseminate and clarify concepts among the citizens concerning directives or palliative sedation.



Normally, at the conclusion of an investigation, the results are disseminated through publications of scientific character and, If possible, with impact factor. In this case, This video is intended to publicize the results of an investigation through a different format as the video and introduce elements for reflection on the end of life.

“When death becomes inevitable and in this battle (as recites the poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron at the end of the video) Science has little to say, film resources, poetry or literature help us better understand the pain, suffering and death”, concludes Maite Cruz.

After the presentation in the days of quality and dignity in dying and its dissemination through social networks, the video has also screened at the 12th Colloquium of the network of medical anthropology (REDAM) about ‘ new social and cultural trends of death’ and the I shows for documentaries of the V Congreso Iberoamericano de qualitative health research carried out in Lisbon last October. Also, the video will be presented at the next seminar of ‘ culture, health and cinema ’, organized by the Seminari Permanent de Recerca i Comunicació Científica - SPRICC- E.U. Nursing Gimbernat, attached to the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona) to be held in Barcelona the 6 March of 2013.


Video documentary presented the 9 de febrero de 2012 on the day of quality and dignity in dying,coordinated by Maite cross Piqueras, Andalusian School of public health, and performed by Marina Pérez Trigueros. See here. [en línea] Seville (ESP):, 07 de febrero de 2013 [REF. 30 in January of 2013] Available on Internet: