No Choice without Care: Palliative Care as a Relational Matter, the Case of Ireland

Title: No Choice without Care: Palliative Care as a Relational Matter, the Case of Ireland
Authors: Lolich, Luciana
Lynch, Kathleen
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Date: 1-Jan-2017
Online since: 2018-11-26T10:22:42Z
Abstract: In recent years, choice and autonomy have been prioritized as key quality indicators in palliative care services. This article examines current palliative care discourses with respect to patient choice. While recognizing the importance of personal autonomy, using evidence from Ireland, this article explores how a discourse on choice can contribute to inequalities in palliative care because it fails to take account of pre-existing structural inequalities, human relationality, and bodily decline. This article proposes a relational approach to care that takes account not only of the relational lives in those in need of care but also of their careers.
Funding Details: Health Research Board
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Journal: Soundings
Volume: 100
Issue: 4
Start page: 353
End page: 374
Copyright (published version): 2017 The Pennsylvania State University
Keywords: Palliative careUnpaid caregiversCultural valuesRelationality
DOI: 10.5325/soundings.100.4.0353
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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