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Death and dying: a sociological introduction

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This book provides an introduction to the key issues in the sociology of death and dying since the social sciences have seen an upsurge of interest in death and dying recently. This fascination is reflected in popular media such as newspapers, television documentaries, films and soaps, and in the many professional roles associated with dying and death. The book is organized thematically, utilizing empirical material from cross-national and cross-cultural perspectives. It addresses questions about social attitudes to mortality, the social nature of death and dying, explanations for change and diversity in approaches, and traditional, modern and postmodern experiences of death.

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Glennys Howarth

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Reflections on palliative care

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Palliative care services are now provided in the home, hospitals and nursing homes, and there are moves to extend it to people who do not have cancer. The evidence-base of palliative care is growing, with more research, evaluation and audit, along with specialist programmes of education. However, much service development has been unplanned and unregulated and the voluntary hospice movement may feel its values threatened by new professionalism and greater integration within mainstream services. The authors consider these and other concerns such as the re-medicalization of palliative care and the extent to which its methods are transferring across diseases and settings.

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David Clark

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Modern hospice design. The architecture of palliative care

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The global public debate continues about what good quality palliative care is for elderly and dying people. This book begins with the rise of the modern hospice movement, begun in 1967, noting that there are 8,500 modern hospice projects in 123 countries today. It uses case studies from UK, Ireland and Europe and includes floor plans, photographs and other design details. This is not a book about hospitals, but about what lessons the hospice movement has for new ideas about healthcare buildings across the world. For architects and interior designers, estate and facility managers involved in hospice design, healthcare professionals, hospital administrators and Heath Care Trust Boards.

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Ken Worpole

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Palliative care for South Asians: Muslims, Hindus & Sikhs

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Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs represent the largest groups in the Indian subcontinent and Britain. For the majority of them, religion continues to play an important role in defining their identity at times of death and bereavement. The authors want an understanding of this group’s attitudes to death to be at the core of their palliative care, in order to develop an understanding of how South Asian people could be better treated at the end of their lives. They also argue for making palliative care available to non-cancer patients since ethnic minority communities typically have higher death rates from diseases other than cancer. This book will interest practitioners who work in this area as well as those with a general interested in religious attitudes towards death.

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Rashid Gatrad et al (eds)

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To die well: your right to comfort, calm & choice

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This book presents in clear, logical and practical terms what individuals can do to achieve a peaceful death for themselves and their loved ones. It considers the right to stop unwanted treatment, the need for hospice care to be started much earlier in many cases, and the need for the proper dose of the right analgesic to relieve the pain of patients. It also explains what patients should expect of their doctors - including the right to enough pain control even if it shortens life - and legal ways to hasten death that are possible for anyone, together with the controversies surrounding those ways that require a doctor's help.   

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Sidney Wanzer

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Palliative care in Ireland

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This book describes the history and development of palliative care services in the Republic of Ireland. Written from a multi-professional perspective, it delves into the cultural, religious and social factors particular to modern Ireland, from the historical roots of the Irish palliative care movement through to the publication of the Government’s ‘blueprint’ for the future development of services. It also explores the provision of palliative care services, the influences of folklore, holistic care, faith, religion and spirituality, and the important contributions of the voluntary sector. The changing face of Ireland is described and challenges ahead are considered.

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Julie Ling & Liam O'Siorain

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