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Social inequality in dying

Barbara Hanratty and Louise Holmes

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/9780199599295.003.0014
Social inequality in dying

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This chapter presents an overview of what we currently know about social inequalities in the experience of dying. A review of existing evidence for social variation in premature mortality, cause, and place of death, is followed by consideration of how access to end of life care services may differ with social position. It concludes with a discussion of how policies and funding can and should influence inequalities in end of life experiences, highlighting areas for future research and advocacy.

Keywords: social inequalities; death; premature mortality; end of life care; access to care

Chapter.  6716 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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