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End-of-life care in the Western world: where are we now and how did we get here?
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    • Julian Abel, Consultant in Palliative Care Compassionate Communities UK

    Many thanks for this interesting article which overviews the historical and social developments in the Western world. With respect to definition of communities in the context of compassionate communities, we defined quite specifically what this is in our article Circles of care: should community development redefine the practice of palliative care?Abel J, et al. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2013;3:383–388. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000359. Communities exist in the context of inner and outer networks, supported by the surrounding community. These networks are no longer defined by geographical boundaries as there are forms of support involving digital technology. Support is given in many ways and it is the resilience of these community networks that makes an enormous difference at end of life, as explained by Horsfall et al in their research End of life at home: Co-creating an ecology of care
    D Horsfall, A Yardley, R Leonard, K Noonan… - 2015 - researchdirect.westernsydney.edu …

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