Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Review recent research on the psychological aspects of end-of-life care, dying and death
  • Consider the concepts of a 'good death' and the 'quality of death and dying' and examine how these constructs can be quantified
  • Review the growing literature on palliative and end-of-life care
  • Review recent trends towards legalisation of physician-assisted care and physician-assisted suicide and the use of suffering as a criterion
  • Discuss brain death and organ donation