Paper: Plural Understanding of end-of-life care: Experiences from Bangladesh

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Paper authors Md Ilias Kamal Risat
In panel on Palliative care in humanitarian action: Moving from awareness to integration
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There is a growing interest around the world in the way care is delivered to people at the end of life. Although there is no formal definition of a ‘good death’, generally it means culturally prescribed ways to provide care so that the patient can die peacefully. Despite the plural idea of death and dying and its practices around the world, there is a universalizing tendency to measure global quality of death and dying, as seen in a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2015. This is an ongoing PhD research which explores the notions of ‘good death’ and cultural understands of death and dying in Bangladesh. Fieldwork took place in a palliative care centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In-depth interviews with dying patients, their carers, and healthcare professionals were conducted with observation of the care practices in the settings. Although a lot has been written on the idea of ‘Good death’ from the context of developed countries, very little is known about the notion of ‘Good death’ of a developing country like Bangladesh. The study can contribute to generating plural understanding of ‘Good death’ from the context of Bangladesh.