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Understanding the social and cultural dimensions of family caregiving

Allan Kellehear

in Family Carers in Palliative Care

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216901
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.003.0002
Understanding the social and cultural dimensions of family caregiving

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This chapter provides an overview of the key social and cultural dimensions that now influence family carers working in the field of palliative care. It reviews the main social and cultural dimensions of family care and summarizes the background, qualifiers and mediating factors that influence caring in the modern world today. It argues for a public health response to family care that goes beyond direct service provision and suggests that health promotion, community development and service partnerships are crucial to enhancing and supporting family carers.

Keywords: palliative care; public health; family care; health promotion; community development; service partnerships

Chapter.  6590 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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