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Palliative care services are increasingly emerging in diverse cultural settings around the globe. Given the large cultural diversity in end-of-life care practices, we ask: How do global palliative care practices translate to various cultural contexts? How do they impact local notions of death and dying? And how, in turn, do culturally diverse practices of end-of-life care shape the practice of palliative care? This project studies the globalization and cultural mediation of palliative care practices, policies and discourses. Our ethnographic research focuses on three countries that are currently building a system of professional palliative care provisions:

Palliative care services are increasingly emerging in diverse cultural settings around the globe. Given the large cultural diversity in end-of-life care practices, we ask: How do global palliative care practices translate to various cultural contexts?

How do they impact local notions of death and dying? And how, in turn, do culturally diverse practices of end-of-life care shape the practice of palliative care?

This project studies the globalization and cultural mediation of palliative care practices, policies and discourses. Our ethnographic research focuses on three countries that are currently building a system of professional palliative care provisions:
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Indonesia
India
Brazil

In Indonesia palliative care is most developed in a few large tertiary hospitals, but is currently including a growing number professional initiatives across the archipelago. Ethnographic research will focus mainly on Jakarta and Banda Aceh.

India has multiple promising palliative care programmes and initiatives, amongst others a successful community-based palliative care system in Kerala. Research for this project focuses on end-of-life care in the capital of India: New Delhi.

In Brazil, palliative care units and initiatives are concentrated in urban centers and mostly located in hospitals. The research will both take place in institutions and follow families in the home setting. Fieldwork will be carried out in the metropolitan context of Sao Paulo and smaller towns in southern Brazil.

News & Events

Public Lecture on Palliative Care by Jonathan Koffman

Thursday 25 August 2022 rofessor of palliative care at the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre at the Hull York Medical School Jonathan Koffman will give a public lecture on Palliative Care: ‘Known unknowns and unknown unknowns – wrestling with clinical uncertainty at the end of life’. Dr. Olaf Geerse (AMC Amsterdam) will be the moderator.

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Lemos Dekker shows research during Healthy Society Event

A Healthy Society is one of the main pillars of the Leiden Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences’ Strategic Plan. Natashe Lemos Dekker showed her research project in which she focusses on how palliative care is provided and accessed in Brazil during the Healthy Society Event on 9 June 2022.

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