Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Death, Dying, and Social Differences$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Oliviere, Barbara Monroe, and Sheila Payne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599295.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 21 April 2021

Travellers’ and gypsies’ death and dying

Travellers’ and gypsies’ death and dying

(p.159) Chapter 16 Travellers’ and gypsies’ death and dying
Death, Dying, and Social Differences

Regina McQuillan

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses issues in the provision of palliative care to Travellers and Gypsies. Gypsies and Travellers form part of a world-wide group of people who have, or who have had, a nomadic way of life. These groups have experienced discrimination for centuries which can lead to distrust by these populations of the majority population. They have poorer health and shorter life expectancy than the majority population, are fearful of serious illness and death, and avoid discussing serious illness, especially cancer and dying. Reluctance to engage with hospice and palliative care, combined with the large crowds accompanying a patient and family during illness and bereavement, can mean that caring for Travellers and Gypsies can be challenging. Identifying key people in the family or support network, recognizing the need for clear explanations, and recognizing the differences between different families can all help health care staff and the Travellers and Gypsies cope.

Keywords:   palliative care, end of life care, hospice care, nomadic groups, Travellers, Gypsies

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .