Policies Related to End-of-Life Care

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This chapter provides a detailed review of issues related to end-of-life care. Specific attention is focused on financing the care of dying elders, including information on how care is paid for, the gaps and limitations in coverage, and relevant regulations and policies impacting end-of-life care options. Disparities in care at the end of life are examined. Attention is also focused on cultural factors that influence elders' care decisions. Ethical and legal issues related to end-of-life care for the elderly are addressed, including advanced directives and assisted suicide. The chapter concludes with policy recommendations to improve care at the end of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199893218
ISBN (Print)0195173724, 9780195173727
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010


  • Cost of care
  • Elderly
  • End-of-life care
  • Health care policy
  • Social work practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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