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Lessons from Place of Vulnerability

VP-Net is examining whether there are differences for vulnerable groups of people in terms of the care they receive, the way that decisions are made by and for them, the policies that guide care, and how societal perceptions affect the availability and accessibility of palliative and end-of-life care.

Our understanding of vulnerability has been shaped by research participants and colleagues who have raised concerns and challenges to more traditional understandings of vulnerability at end-of-life. Their willingness to share their experiences has created a rich and deeply meaningful experience for everyone involved. The ethics theme has also received input from their advisory group and in discussions with consumers. These comments have shaped our conceptual work around vulnerability, which has evolved into a revised model of palliative care.

This section of the website highlights what has been learned about vulnerability at end of life, the factors that influence the type of care people receive at the end of their life, and the experiences and stories these concepts have been developed from during the process of research done under each of the research themes.

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