Key topics

Module 1: Dying processes and provision of care

Dying processes and provision of care: The focus here is on the current state of care for persons at the end of life in Switzerland, on dying processes, and on attendant practices with a special focus on palliative care.

Module 2: Decisions, motives and attitudes

This area centres on decisions made during the dying process, and on the motives, convictions and attitudes underlying them.

Module 3: Regulations and proposals for action

The focus here is on normative rules such as legal regulation or ethics guidelines, as well as questions regarding distributive justice.

Module 4: Cultural concepts and social ideals

Death and dying have attracted a great deal of public interest in recent years. This research area includes questions regarding how death and dying are given meaning, cultural representations of death and dying, and relevant social normalisation processes.