Compassionate cities: a social ecology at the end of life

Gail Wilson, Emilio Herrera Molina, Silvia Librada Flores, Allan Kellehear

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This chapter introduces the idea of the social ecology of health and links this approach to the social ecology at the end of life. This approach is founded upon a ‘setting’-based, or place-based, set of ideas that links health and illness to characteristics of the physical and social environment. From these frameworks emerge practice methods to directly address these kinds of determinants—healthy cities and compassionate cities. Two examples from England and Spain are described to illustrate how these approaches are deployed in encouraging full civic participation in palliative care. Strengths as well as barriers and changes to these approaches are described.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Textbook of Public Health Palliative Care
EditorsJulian Abel, Allan Kellehear
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191895777
ISBN (Print)9780198862994
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameOxford Textbooks in Palliative Medicine
PublisherOxford University Press

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