Origin of the argument

Paul Sinclair

in Rethinking palliative care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349217
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303244 | DOI:
Origin of the argument

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This chapter presents the main argument of this book, namely that palliative care does not deliver on its aims of valuing people who are dying and making death and dying a natural part of life. It further argues for the de-institutionalisation of palliative care and the development of an alternative framework to institutional approaches, whether these occur in hospices, palliative care units, or in community-based palliative-care services. This alternative framework consists of a dispersed support network established within the normal communities in which people who are dying live. The application of Social Role Valorisation theory to palliative-care practice is discussed. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: palliative care; dying; death; support network; Social Role Valorisation; de-institutionalisation

Chapter.  2988 words. 

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