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Introduction: Social differences—the challenge for palliative care

Barbara Monroe, David Oliviere and Sheila Payne

in Death, Dying, and Social Differences

Second edition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599295
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731532 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599295.003.0009
Introduction: Social differences—the challenge for palliative care

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to analyse the wide range of social factors and differences which can affect access to services, assessment, interventions, and individual and family experience as death approaches. The first part addresses wider contextual issues; the second describes some of the groups in our societies which still lack access to good palliative care. The book addresses issues such as gender, the changing nature of information and the demands of good communication, and how focusing on individual welfare alone cannot meet global aspirations for good end of life care. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: death; end of life care; palliative care; gender; communication; individual welfare

Chapter.  2444 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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