I could never quite get it together: lessons for end-of -life care in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker.

Kennedy Institute of Ethics journal

PubMedID: 22427139

Jeffrey E, Jeffrey D. I could never quite get it together: lessons for end-of -life care in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker. Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 2012;33(2):117-26.
Pinter's play The Caretaker explores interpersonal tensions relating to terminal illness. This paper interrogates notions of care, suffering, ownership, dignity and the consequences of active intervention and inaction in two key sections of the play: Aston's monologue concerning his own brutal treatment (active intervention) and Davies's final rejection by the brothers who fail to provide accommodation and care (inaction). This interprofessional analysis combines theatrical and clinical perspectives to create insights which can enhance empathy improve decision-making in end of life care and can inform the education of healthcare professionals.