By Donald E. Gelfand PhD, Richard Raspa PhD, Sherylyn H. Briller PhD, Stephanie Myers Schim PhD RN APRN

End-of-life reviews are frequently seen by way of just one standpoint corresponding to drugs. during this quantity, quite a few end-of existence reports are offered and every case is analyzed from a number of disciplinary views. those variety throughout a large array of the assisting professions, and disciplines equivalent to info, legislation and the social sciences. The booklet presents quite a few narratives approximately end-of-life studies contributed by way of individuals of the Wayne kingdom college End-of-Life Interdisciplinary venture. all of the narratives is then analyzed from a number of diverse disciplinary views. those analyzes illustrate how particular end-of-life narratives may be seen from varied dimensions and is helping scholars, researchers and practitioners see the real and sundry meanings that end-of-life reviews have on the point of the person, the family members, and the group. The narratives comprise end-of-life studies of people from a few assorted backgrounds.

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1). A classic definition of culture is that “complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, law, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society” (Tylor, 1871/1956, as cited in Erickson & Murphy, p. 26). Studying culture involves examining the shared values and beliefs held by members of a society and also how these views influence and shape behavior. Culture thus provides an orienting framework for considering how dying and death can be studied within and across a range of societies.

Family members who would gladly provide 10 to 20 hours of care per month in the short term might find such time allocations increasingly difficult in the longer term. Although it has been argued that one “can’t put a price on peoples’ lives,” decisions made by patients and providers suggest otherwise. The price, however, is not simply a reflection of treatment costs. What must also be taken into account are the costs to provide a high quality of life and the burden imposed on society and caregivers by prolonging life.

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