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Compassionate Communities: Case Studies from Britain and Europe

Compassionate communities are defined by the editors as those that are providing support, independent of available health and social care, for people with life-limiting illness and end of life care needs

Compassionate communities are defined by the editors as those that are providing support, independent of available health and social care, for people with life-limiting illness and end of life care needs.

Supporting the notion that palliative and end of life care is everyone’s business, compassionate communities are built on a core set of social and public health principles to convey shared values and fundamental ethical attitudes.

Case studies from across Europe illustrate the feasibility of compassionate communities as social practices, rather than ‘idealistic, romantic or sentimental constructions’. Each chapter details the approaches and effort used to create a community, while taking into account the challenges and difficulties faced.

These chapters are presented with the intention of sharing practical experience and reflection, to inspire and develop the knowledge base of those wishing to create such communities, as well as provide additional insight and support to those already involved in initiatives.

This book is aimed at academic, practitioner and policy audiences in associated fields. Nurses studying at degree, especially master’s level, and those in practitioner and policy roles, will find sections that will be of interest. I would not recommend it for individual purchase, but I would recommend it for hospital or academic library stock. It is one of only a few books on this topic.

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