The Medical Minute: Hospice care trend filled a void

November 06, 2002

When Elizabeth Kübler-Ross published "On Death and Dying," a 1969 book that raised the awareness of Americans about the emotional needs of dying patients and their families, she turned a spotlight on the work of Dame Cicely Saunders of the United Kingdom, and Florence Wald, then dean of the Yale University School of Nursing. Their work led to the establishment of the first hospice in Connecticut in 1974. Apparently the hospice concept filled a void, as evidenced by the establishment of roughly 2,300 hospices in the decades since then. Hospice care provides supportive social, emotional and spiritual treatment of terminally ill people. Hospice medical treatments center on palliative care to reduce or control pain, anxiety and other troubling symptoms. Hospice caregivers view death as a final stage to life that should be experienced to the fullest and shared by a circle of family and friends.

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