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Special Considerations in Rural and Inner-City Areas 

Special Considerations in Rural and Inner-City Areas
Chapter:
Special Considerations in Rural and Inner-City Areas
Source:
Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work
Author(s):

B. Francoeur Richard

, A. Murty Susan

, and Sandowski Bernice

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0013

This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Access to services is a challenge in rural and inner-city communities.

Continuity of care is difficult when patients are discharged to rural and inner-city communities where palliative care is not available.

Community collaboration is necessary to improve palliative care in rural and inner-city communities.

The financial viability of small hospices is threatened because they do not benefit from economies of scale and serve populations with low levels of health insurance coverage.

Providing palliative care in inner-city and rural communities is challenging

Access to medications to manage pain is problematic in some rural and inner-city communities.

Palliative care for diverse and underserved populations in rural and inner-city communities requires sensitivity to health, cultural, and spiritual beliefs.

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