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Applying a public health perspective to end-of-life care

Joachim Cohen and Luc Deliens

in A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599400
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.003.0010
Applying a public health perspective to end-of-life care

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This introductory chapter first describes the essential features of palliative care and public health. By indicating how demographic, epidemiological, and societal changes are affecting the circumstances of death and dying and creating societal challenges to its organization, it illustrates how — from a societal perspective — the quality of dying is an issue of health promotion that a society should increasingly consider as a crucial aspect of population health, and provides a sociological justification for adopting a public health approach to end-of-life issues. Next, it elaborates on what this means by describing the concept of the ‘new public health’ and applying it to the end of life. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: palliative care; end-of-life care; death dying; new public health

Chapter.  7309 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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