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Death, Dying, and Social Differences$
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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

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Family carers and social difference

Family carers and social difference

(p.183) Chapter 19 Family carers and social difference
Death, Dying, and Social Differences

Kelli I. Stajduhar

Oxford University Press

The rising number of people facing old age makes it likely that serious chronic and life-limiting illness will be a dominant challenge for health care delivery in the next half-century. Family carers will continue to play a major role in the provision of support and care. This chapter briefly summarizes what is known about family carers to lay the foundation to engage in discussions of difference. Specifically, it discusses ‘social differences’ that receive relatively little attention in the literature in relation to family care work: cultural and religious difference, and social class difference. The chapter uses examples to illustrate how these differences can challenge that which we have learned about carers and will suggest supportive interventions that take into account such difference.

Keywords:   palliative care, end of life care, caregivers, family carers, family care

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