Embracing Diversity at the End of Life

Heather Richardson*, Jonathan Koffman

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    This chapter examines differences that make a difference among people when they negotiate institutions and practices for palliative and end of life care. This has particular resonance given that there is now increasing recognition of how multiple and simultaneous disadvantages can influence palliative care needs and end of life experiences. It offers an understanding of the current controversies with the language of understanding diversity in society. The chapter then explores the experiences of advanced disease among Black and Asian minority ethnic communities and related contributory factors. Finally, it offers a case study of a hospice based in an area characterized by social and cultural diversity, which has attempted to address issues of accessibility and acceptability of its services for the many communities it serves.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDeath, Dying, and Social Differences
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9780191731532
    ISBN (Print)9780199599295
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2012


    • Cultural diversity
    • End of life care
    • Ethnic minorities
    • Palliative care
    • Social diversity


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