This book tells the stories of patients whose stories are typically not told: the urban dying poor. By illustrating how the issues and needs of this especially vulnerable group are shaped by the experience of living in poverty, this work provides an important contribution to the growing literature on palliative care for special populations.
Reviewer:Becky Stepp, BBA, MEd, BS, M, LMSW(Seton Medical Center)
Description:This book illustrates death and dying among inner-city poor. Stories of patients and families portray the difficulties of the underprivileged dying.
Purpose:The purpose of this book is to give a voice and provide a face to the lives of the suffering and dying. The authors strive to convey the experiences of dying in inner-city poverty through a series of interviews with individuals facing death and dying.
Audience:This book is useful to any healthcare professional as well as to social workers and professionals dealing with death and dying.
Features:The material presented is the result of three research initiatives, funded by various institutes, in which focus groups, longitudinal studies, and home visits were completed.
Assessment:Although the book offers an insightful glimpse into the life of the dying of the inner-city poor, the book fails to offer recommendations to correct this situation. The book could be enhanced by inclusion of the services of hospice as well as psychological services.