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Palliative care for older peopleA public health perspective$
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Lieve Van den Block, Gwenda Albers, Sandra Martins Pereira, Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Roeline Pasman, and Luc Deliens

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717614

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717614.001.0001

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Cultural issues in palliative care for older people

Cultural issues in palliative care for older people

(p.156) Chapter 15 Cultural issues in palliative care for older people
Palliative care for older people

Gysels Marjolein

Oxford University Press

With the ageing of populations, governments are increasingly including palliative care in their health systems. The level of service development is documented through mapping exercises but little is known about the cultural forces that influence these developments. This chapter aims to present the state of the evidence on culture and palliative care in light of growing expertise on the care of older people and synthesises the most recent evidence from literature reviews, a survey of experts and workshops conducted in the context of the PRISMA programme. This is compared with approaches towards the literature on culture and ageing and dementia care; the knowledge gaps and complementary potential of these bodies of evidence are considered. The contribution of palliative care requires evaluation for the further improvement of services. The ethical and conceptual issues this raises will again change the nature of palliative care and needs ongoing analysis to respond adequately to the diverse needs of changing societies.

Keywords:   cultural issues, palliative care, end-of-life care, PRISMA programme

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