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A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care$
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Joachim Cohen and Luc Deliens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.001.0001

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Social inequalities at the end of life

Social inequalities at the end of life

(p.183) Chapter 17 Social inequalities at the end of life
A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care

Jonathan Koffman

Oxford University Press

This chapter appraises the evidence, principally from the UK and the USA, to determine in which ways the ‘socially excluded’ — the poor, black, and minority ethnic (BME) groups, asylum seekers and refugees, the homeless, those within the penal system, and drug users — fare with respect to accessing specialist palliative care and related services during advanced disease and at the end of life. It presents suggestions on how those involved in public health policy and the delivery of palliative care and related services can extend care to include these disadvantaged groups.

Keywords:   palliative care, end-of-life care, access to care, socially excluded groups, public health policy

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