1st Edition

Perspectives on Palliative and End-of-Life Care Disease, Social and Cultural Context

    200 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Individuals and families face challenges at the end of life that can vary significantly depending on social and cultural contexts, yet more than ever is now known about the needs that cut across the great diversity of experiences in the face of dying and death. A number of behavioural interventions and clinical approaches to addressing these needs have been developed and are available to help providers care for clients and assist them in achieving their goals. Perspectives on Palliative and End-of-Life Care: Disease, Social and Cultural Contexts explores how these interventions can be used to address a range of issues across social and cultural contexts for those in need of end of life care.

    With perspectives from experienced clinicians, providers, and caregivers from around the world, the book offers a strong foundation in contemporary evidence-based practice alongside seasoned practice insights from the field and explores interventions for people as diverse as HIV caregivers in Africa and individuals dying with dementia. In addition, readers will learn about the process of caring for individuals with chronic illnesses including severe mental illness; weigh the impact of policy regulations on the availability of and access to palliative care and interventions; and be able to compare the different issues experienced by family caregivers and formal caregivers.

    As the companion volume to Perspectives on Behavioural Interventions in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, this book will be of interest to a wide variety of individuals, such as academics, researchers and postgraduates in the fields of mental health, medicine, psychology and social work. It will also be essential reading for healthcare providers and trainees from psychosocial and palliative medicine, social work and nursing.

    1. The International Context of Behavioural Palliative and End-of-Life Care Revisited by Allen, Carpenter, & Eichorst 

    Section 1: Specific Populations and Palliative and EOL Care 

    2. Living and Dying Well with HIV/AIDS by Parker, Csikai, & Payne Foster (USA) 

    3. Serious Mental Illness and Palliative Care by Kasl-Godley and Hiroto (USA) 

    4. Person-Centered End-of-Life Care for Individuals Living with Dementia in the United Kingdom by Chatterjee and Downs (UK) 

    Section 2: Social and Cultural Contexts Including Ethics, Bereavement, and Policy Issues 

    5. Ethical Issues in Palliative and End-of-Life Care by Halli-Tierney, Albright, Dragan, Lippe, & Allen (USA) 

    6. Diversity in Family Bereavement by Matthews et al. (USA) 

    7. Policy and practice on psychosocial care in palliative care programs by Guldin and Payne (Europe) 

    8. Synthesis and the Future of Palliative and End-of-Life Care by Carpenter, Eichorst, Dorman, & Allen


    Rebecca S. Allen is Professor of Psychology at the Alabama Research Institute on Aging and the Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA.

    Brian D. Carpenter is Professor of Psychology, Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA.

    Morgan K. Eichorst is a Psychologist at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center, USA.