Uncertain trajectories in old age and implications for families and for palliative and end-of-life care policy and practice

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Abstract

The provision of high-quality end-of-life care for all is high on national (and international) agendas, but areas of unmet needs identified includes elderly people. This article draws on an autoethnographic account of the dying and death of my father to identify and interrogate disjunctions between end-of-life care policy and commonplace experiences of elderly people who die in a hospital setting. There are significant disjunctions between the “blunt” tools of end-of-life care policy and the everyday experiences of the dying and death of an elderly patient and an urgent need to improve end-of-life care for our oldest generations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDeath Studies
Early online date3 Oct 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • End-of-life care; death; families; ageing populations; elderly; palliative care; autoethnography

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