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Reviewer: Lisa Stepp, PhD, RN, APN, AOCN, CRNH (Private Practice)
Description: The Facing Death Series lends particular attention to the developing field of palliative care as viewed by practitioners, planners, and policy analysts. This volume, third in the series, focuses on death, dying, end-of-life care, and bereavement.
Purpose: The authors seek to further extend our understanding of the palliative care concepts, as well as to provoke further discussions regarding current dilemmas and trends in this field. This text also recognizes that a critical and probing type of orientation is necessary in the development process of a specialty. Overall, the authors are able to achieve this purpose by causing readers to focus their attention on questions that, to date, have no answers.
Audience: According to the authors, this text is written for students of death, dying, and bereavement, and for anyone with an involvement in palliative care research, service delivery, or policy making. This target audience is too broad for the scope of information actually delivered. More realistically, this text will have the greatest benefit for those involved in research and policy making. The authors are knowledgeable in the sociological aspects of life and death; however, their practice is based in England, which is sociologically quite different from that here in the United States.
Features: This volume covers societal identifications of death as well as the development, policies, and future trends of palliative care. The authors are able to give a global perspective of important concepts and theories incorporated in palliative care.
Assessment: The importance of understanding our culture's perception of death, dying, and palliative care cannot be overestimated. A text that focuses on the United States cultural norms would be more useful.
Lisa Stepp
The Facing Death Series lends particular attention to the developing field of palliative care as viewed by practitioners, planners, and policy analysts. This volume, third in the series, focuses on death, dying, end-of-life care, and bereavement. The authors seek to further extend our understanding of the palliative care concepts, as well as to provoke further discussions regarding current dilemmas and trends in this field. This text also recognizes that a critical and probing type of orientation is necessary in the development process of a specialty. Overall, the authors are able to achieve this purpose by causing readers to focus their attention on questions that, to date, have no answers. According to the authors, this text is written for students of death, dying, and bereavement, and for anyone with an involvement in palliative care research, service delivery, or policy making. This target audience is too broad for the scope of information actually delivered. More realistically, this text will have the greatest benefit for those involved in research and policy making. The authors are knowledgeable in the sociological aspects of life and death; however, their practice is based in England, which is sociologically quite different from that here in the United States. This volume covers societal identifications of death as well as the development, policies, and future trends of palliative care. The authors are able to give a global perspective of important concepts and theories incorporated in palliative care. The importance of understanding our culture's perception of death, dying, and palliative care cannot be overestimated. A text that focuses on the United States culturalnorms would be more useful.
Booknews
This overview of palliative care begins with discussions of the social meaning of death and suffering, aging and dying, grief and mourning, and euthanasia. Parts two, three, and four cover the history and development of palliative care; definitions and meanings; the routinization and medicalization theses; policy development and the NHS; delivery in hospitals, in-patient hospices, institutional homes, and at home; and the future of palliative care. Clark is a professor of medical sociology; Seymour is a research associate<-->both at the University of Sheffield. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335194551
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: Facing Death Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 213

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Notes on the authors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I Death in society 3
1 The social meaning of death and suffering 8
2 Ageing, dying and grieving 24
3 The ethics of dying 47
Pt. II The philosophy and practice of palliative care 59
4 History and development 65
5 Definitions, components, meanings 79
6 Routinization and medicalization 104
Pt. III Policy issues 125
7 Policy development and palliative care 131
8 The delivery of palliative care services 151
Pt. IV Conclusions 173
9 The future for palliative care 176
References 188
Index 211
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