Hospice Movement: Easing Death's Pains

Hospice Movement: Easing Death's Pains

by Cathy Siebold
     
 

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What kind of care should the dying receive? Siebold offers a frank assessment of the hospice movements accomplishments & failings as it has attempted to establish a humane, holistic program of care devoted to the comfort & wishes of the dying & their families. Chapters: introduction to the hospice movement; the evolution of hospice care; social conditions that

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What kind of care should the dying receive? Siebold offers a frank assessment of the hospice movements accomplishments & failings as it has attempted to establish a humane, holistic program of care devoted to the comfort & wishes of the dying & their families. Chapters: introduction to the hospice movement; the evolution of hospice care; social conditions that fostered the hospice movement; death with dignity & the emergence of the hospice movement; creating the first modern hospice programs; the peak of the movement; fragmentation; the movements accomplishments; & care of the dying: a persistent social issue.

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This analysis of the growth of hospice care in the United States traces the contradictory forces that gave rise to its development. Hospice care arose from the death-with-dignity movement, which emphasized attention to the spiritual needs of the dying patient. To that was added the desire to ease the pain of dying by providing palliative care rather than aggressive treatment. However, because of financial considerations, undefined aims, different values, and conflicting priorities between care and treatment, hospice care became integrated with healthcare systems. Thus, for practical reasons, its original intent to offer spiritual care to the dying patient often ceased to be its primary focus. This thoughtful study will be important primarily to healthcare professionals.-- Bonnie Hoff man, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805738674
Publisher:
Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/1992
Series:
Social Movements past and Present Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.83(h) x 0.91(d)

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