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Rethinking palliative careA social role valorisation approach$
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Paul Sinclair

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349217

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349217.001.0001

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Origin of the argument

Origin of the argument

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Rethinking palliative care

Paul Sinclair

Policy Press

This chapter presents the main argument of this book, namely that palliative care does not deliver on its aims of valuing people who are dying and making death and dying a natural part of life. It further argues for the de-institutionalisation of palliative care and the development of an alternative framework to institutional approaches, whether these occur in hospices, palliative care units, or in community-based palliative-care services. This alternative framework consists of a dispersed support network established within the normal communities in which people who are dying live. The application of Social Role Valorisation theory to palliative-care practice is discussed. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   palliative care, dying, death, support network, Social Role Valorisation, de-institutionalisation

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