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Rethinking palliative care: A social role valorisation approach

Paul Sinclair


This book's message is that palliative care does not deliver on its aims to value people who are dying and make death and dying a natural part of life. The book draws from wide social-science perspectives and critically and specifically applies these to palliative care and its dominant medical model. The author argues for the de-institutionalisation of palliative care and the development of an alternative framework to the approaches found in hospices, palliative care units, and community-based palliative care services. He offers a new conceptualisation of death and loss that refines and expand ... More

Keywords: social science, medical model, de-institutionalisation, alternative framework, hospices, religious views, support services

Bibliographic Information

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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Paul Sinclair, author

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