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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Policies Related to End-of-Life Care

Policies Related to End-of-Life Care

(p.903) 84 Policies Related to End-of-Life Care
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Victoria H.Raveis

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a detailed review of issues related to end-of-life care. Specific attention is focused on financing the care of dying elders, including information on how care is paid for, the gaps and limitations in coverage, and relevant regulations and policies impacting end-of-life care options. Disparities in care at the end of life are examined. Attention is also focused on cultural factors that influence elders' care decisions. Ethical and legal issues related to end-of-life care for the elderly are addressed, including advanced directives and assisted suicide. The chapter concludes with policy recommendations to improve care at the end of life.

Keywords:   end-of-life care, elderly, health care policy, cost of care, social work practice

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