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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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the Evolution of Palliative Care

the Evolution of Palliative Care

First published in Patient Education and Counseling, no. 41 (2000), pp. 7–13.

(p.251) 40 the Evolution of Palliative Care
Cicely Saunders

Cicely Saunders

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In this 2000 article, Cicely Saunders likens the evolution of palliative care to that of assembling a kaleidoscope — ‘the putting together of many demands which were not previously related, giving a shake and finding that they come down in a new pattern or synthesis’. An encounter with one patient in 1948 was the catalyst for the Hospice Movement. The challenge to undertake appropriate pain and symptom control together with experience in further listening to patients in the small number of homes especially planned for dying people finally came together during the 1960s as the impetus for the first modern hospice which opened in 1967. Since then, palliative care has been developing worldwide and has shown that the basic principles demonstrated in those early years can be interpreted in various cultures and with different levels of resources.

Keywords:   Hospice Movement, palliative care, pain control, symptom control

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