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End-of-life care for people who live in rural or remote areas versus those who live in urban areas

Donna M. Wilson and Deepthi Mohankumar

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/9780199599400.003.0076
End-of-life care for people who live in rural or remote areas versus those who live in urban areas

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This chapter highlights groups that are under-served and otherwise disadvantaged at the end of life. It focuses on people who live in rural or remote areas. Despite some important benefits to living and dying outside metropolitan areas, rural/remote persons are often disadvantaged as they reach the end of life, and in many different ways. Although it is impossible to highlight all global issues, the chapter summarizes relevant current research and emphasizes key aspects of rural/remote inequity for attention. Some comparative points about urban under-served groups are also made, as it would be unfair to categorize all people who live in or near cities as having better end-of-life care chances than rural/remote persons.

Keywords: palliative care; rural population; access to care; inequity; health care; public health

Chapter.  2634 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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