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
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Subjects: Palliative Medicine
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