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The Social Philosophical Dimensions of Hospice Care

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Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs (Powell 2014). The concept of hospice has been evolving since the 11th century. Then, and for centuries thereafter, hospices were places of hospitality for the sick, wounded, or dying, as well as those for travellers and pilgrims (Dossey 1999). The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes, but also care provided to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes (McCue and Thompson 2006).


International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 52)
J. L. Powell, "The Social Philosophical Dimensions of Hospice Care", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 52, pp. 76-80, 2015
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