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Death, Dying, and Social Differences$
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David Oliviere, Barbara Monroe, and Sheila Payne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599295.001.0001

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Introduction: Social differences—the challenge for palliative care

Introduction: Social differences—the challenge for palliative care

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Introduction: Social differences—the challenge for palliative care
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Death, Dying, and Social Differences
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Barbara Monroe

David Oliviere

Sheila Payne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599295.003.0009

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to analyse the wide range of social factors and differences which can affect access to services, assessment, interventions, and individual and family experience as death approaches. The first part addresses wider contextual issues; the second describes some of the groups in our societies which still lack access to good palliative care. The book addresses issues such as gender, the changing nature of information and the demands of good communication, and how focusing on individual welfare alone cannot meet global aspirations for good end of life care. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   death, end of life care, palliative care, gender, communication, individual welfare

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