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Cicely Saunders

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.001.0001

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Should a Patient Know … ?

Should a Patient Know … ?

First published in Nursing Times (16 October 1959), Pp. 994–5.

(p.13) 2 Should a Patient Know … ?
Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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Should a patient know he is dying? This question is argued freely by nurses and doctors and also by his friends and relations. It is wrong to be dogmatic in advancing one's own views and it is impossible to suggest a general rule, but people need to consider some basic principles on the subject if they are not to be caught unawares and to make decisions based on little more than feelings. The care of the dying is pre-eminently the time for doctor, nurse and chaplain to cooperate. In practice, at the moment, many people are so out of touch with the Church that they find it hard to respond to the visit of a clergyman at this stage. In many hospitals the chaplain's visit is a routine but it is a great help to him if he is told as soon as possible of anyone who is in special need.

Keywords:   cooperation, dogmatism, clergy, doctors, nurses

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