A Social Capital Framework for Palliative Care: Supporting Health and Well-Being for People With Life-Limiting Illness and Their Carers Through Social Relations and Networks
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 08/03/2012
Lewis JM et al. – The social capital concept provides a structure for understanding how the organization and meaning of social contexts can potentially enhance or hinder end–of–life care. Research that identifies specificity in application of social capital concepts is fundamental to issues of access to services, sustaining levels of care, quality of life, and well–being. The importance of “bridged” social capital relations and networks for improved resource acquisition and information flow was identified in the literature and outlined within the palliative care social capital framework. Differential access to social capital by disadvantaged groups provides further impetus to engage a model of social capital for palliative care.