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Overview

Death, Dying, and Social Differences addresses the social context of the care of dying people. It focuses on the much neglected area of the social aspects of death and dying and highlights the key ways that health and social care professionals who provide and of the care can respond most appropriately to those from a variety of social circumstances and communities it speaks about best professional practice that can balance the inequalities in society's structures and their consequences for the dying and their carers.
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Reviewer: Marlene S. Foreman, BSN, MN (Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.)
Description: This book covers a broad spectrum of social problems impacting end-of-life-care, including environment, culture, finance, and expectations of the healthcare team. Diversity in age and living situations, and disease processes are discussed. The first edition was published in 2004 and significant societal changes have occurred since then, making this update necessary.
Purpose: It is intended not only to discuss social issues, but to discuss them in the context of palliative care. Specific treatment modalities are interspersed with palliative care options. It is designed to identify weaknesses in the current provision of palliative care in order to encourage discussion of these issues and possibly present solutions. These lofty objectives are met in this book. Professionals should read and discuss the issues this book presents.
Audience: It is intended for palliative care professionals, especially those who provide care, as well as the policy makers and law makers. The editors and contributors have a wealth of knowledge to share and have produced an awesome book.
Features: Included in the discussions are such topics as historical perspectives of dying and death in Western society, communication, needs of the elderly, needs of the dying, and needs of special groups. Some of these special groups, such as the homeless, travelers, and gypsies, are not covered well in other books. Each chapter ends with pertinent references. The index is broad and quite sufficient.
Assessment: I have been involved in hospice since its early days, even before it became available in my geographic area and I have read numerous books on death and dying. Some attempt to discuss societal and cultural issues, but this book is designed to discuss the social issues of palliative care and, therefore, is more thorough in its presentation. The information is very current and is thoughtfully compiled. This is a much-needed asset in the field of palliative care.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198527756
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Oliviere trained at Nottingham University in social administration and social work. With a background in psychiatric social work and management in the personal social services, David was involved with Pilgrim's Hospice, Canterbury, before joining the North London Hospice as Director of Social Work. Subsequently David worked as Community Care Advisor for ethnic minorities and refugees, LB Enfield, and more recently as Macmillan Principal Lecturer in Palliative Care at Middlesex University, whilst practising at the Macmillan Support Team at Barnet Hospital.
David has spoken widely internationally. His special interests include user involvement, culture and ethnicity, work with families, staff stress and teaching skills. He is Visiting Professor at the School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University.

Barbara Monroe has been a social worker for over 30 years. She joined St Christopher's Hospice in 1987 and became Chief Executive in 2000. She is founder and Director of the Candle children's bereavement project at St Christopher's and was Chair of the national Childhood Bereavement Network for eight years. She is Module Leader on the MSc in Palliative Care and Policy run jointly by St Christopher's and King's College London. Barbara is a well-known speaker and lecturer and has delivered training programmes across the world. She has written extensively about psychological and social aspects of palliative care and sits on a variety of national committees supporting the development of end of life care. Barbara is an Honorary Professor at the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University and has a long term interest in how we achieve 'good enough' end of life care for all. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2010.

Sheila Payne is a health psychologist with a background in nursing. She holds honorary visiting chairs at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Professor Payne has a long track record in palliative care research and scholarship. Her research agenda focuses on palliative and end-of-life care for older people and bereavement support. She holds a number of major grants in these areas and has supervised over 20 PhD students. She teaches on research methods and has co-edited a textbook on research methods in palliative care. She is Director of the NCRI funded Cancer Experiences Collaborative. She is Vice President of the European Association of Palliative Care and president elect from 2011. Sheila has published widely in academic and professional journals, written eleven books, and formerly edited (with Sandra Horn) the 'Health Psychology' book series published by the Open University Press.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Introduction : working with death, dying, and difference 1
2 Social class, poverty, and social exclusion 7
3 Minority ethnic communities and religious groups 25
4 Sexual identity - gender and sexual orientation 43
5 Older people 63
6 Mental health needs 79
7 Disability 97
8 Abuse 119
9 Offenders 133
10 Refugees 149
11 Finances 165
12 Carers and caregivers 181
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