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The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care$
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Ros Scott and Steven Howlett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788270.001.0001

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Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in Germany

Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in Germany

(p.69) Chapter 6 Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in Germany
The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care

Michaela Hesse

Lukas Radbruch

Oxford University Press

German hospice care developed as a civil society movement in which volunteers were essential from the beginning. Palliative care was, however, led by a few pioneer physicians and started independently from hospices. This separate development is still visible with a clear distinction between palliative care units and inpatient hospices. Over the last two decades these two areas of care have moved more into the regular health care service. As a result volunteer services are increasingly subject to regulations. This also means that there is an increasing amount of competition and economic pressure. Developing trust and high transparency in the local and regional palliative care networks, and open and bilateral collaboration of specialist services with general practitioners (GPs) and other health care providers on the basic palliative care level are prerequisites of integrated palliative care. Ongoing development leads to changes in the patient groups that receive palliative care.

Keywords:   volunteers, palliative care, holistic care, society, civic engagement

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