A call to action: an IWG charter for a public health approach to dying, death, and loss
KeywordAttitude to death
; Global health
; Health planning guidelines
; Health promotion
; Needs assessment
; Public health
; Terminal care
; World Health Organization; WHO
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AbstractThe current systems of care for dying persons, the people caring for them, and the bereaved operate in ways that frequently lack sufficient sensitivity to their needs. We describe a new model for dying, death, and loss that adopts a public health approach. Specifically, we describe a deliberative process that resulted in a charter for a public health approach to dying, death, and loss. Modeled after the World Health Organization's 1986 Ottawa Charter, our charter includes a call to action. It has the potential to bring about significant change on local, societal, and global levels as exemplified by four projects from three countries. Public health and end-of-life services and organizations need to form partnerships with the community to develop a public health approach to dying, death, and loss. Learning from each other, they will affirm and enhance community beliefs and practices that make death part of life.
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CitationBecker C, Clark E, DeSpelder LA et al (2014) A call to action: an IWG charter for a public health approach to dying, death, and loss. Omega (Westport) 69(4): 401-420.
Link to publisher’s versionhttp://dx.doi.org/10.2190/OM.69.4.d
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