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Embracing diversity at the end of life

Heather Richardson and Jonathan Koffman

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/9780199599295.003.0025
Embracing diversity at the end of life

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This chapter examines differences that make a difference among people when they negotiate institutions and practices for palliative and end of life care. This has particular resonance given that there is now increasing recognition of how multiple and simultaneous disadvantages can influence palliative care needs and end of life experiences. It offers an understanding of the current controversies with the language of understanding diversity in society. The chapter then explores the experiences of advanced disease among Black and Asian minority ethnic communities and related contributory factors. Finally, it offers a case study of a hospice based in an area characterized by social and cultural diversity, which has attempted to address issues of accessibility and acceptability of its services for the many communities it serves.

Keywords: palliative care; end of life care; social diversity; cultural diversity; ethnic minorities

Chapter.  7333 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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