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The hospice movement : easing death's pains, Cathy Siebold

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The hospice movement : easing death's pains
Title
The hospice movement
Title remainder
easing death's pains
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Cathy Siebold
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Language
eng
Summary
The American hospice movement has done much to bring aid and comfort to the dying and their families. Nonintrusive, humane care for persons with AIDS, a special environment for children with terminal cancer, pain management, the option of letting death occur at home rather than in a hospital, the very acknowledgment and acceptance of death as a natural event in contemporary American culture - all have been made possible in small or large part by the hospice movement. Yet as told by some observers, its history has been marred by compromise and disappointment. The goal of an independent, nationwide network of hospice programs, completely attuned to the needs of the dying and unencumbered by the dictates of the traditional health care system and government bureaucracy, has not been realized. What had been intended as a full-fledged alternative to a system of care that seemed best suited to the interests of physicians and hospital staff, not the terminally ill, has for the most part been reduced to a mere extension of that system. Cathy Siebold, a social worker and psychotherapist who has witnessed firsthand the evolution of hospice care since its modern incarnation in the 1960s, presents a balanced and objective analysis of the movement's accomplishments and failings in The Hospice Movement: Easing Death's Pains. Using social movement theory to frame her discussion, Siebold traces the bell curve of growth, maturity, and decline that, to a point, has characterized the hospice movement. Founded by a diverse group of religious leaders, nurses, social workers, and laypeople, the movement was galvanized by the plight of a silent majority: dying patients, often isolated from family and friends in a hospital where intensive, last-ditch efforts to "cure" them were valued more than their own comfort and wishes. In its struggle to survive, the movement coalesced fairly quickly around the goal of securing eligibility for reimbursement from federally funded and private insurers. The movement attained this goal in the 1980s, giving the entire concept of hospice care legitimacy and, ironically, a secure place within the same health care system early hospice activists had struggled to escape. Now in a fragmented state as different factions debate what has been accomplished and where to go from here, the movement has yet to enter the final phase of evolution predicted by social movement theory: demise. The reason, the author argues, is that the basic concerns raised by the movement's founders several decades ago persist. What kind of care should the dying receive? And, especially pertinent given the increasing sophistication of medical technology, when should someone be allowed to die? The Hospice Movement will make readers carefully consider the complex ethical and medical issues surrounding death and dying in America
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Siebold, Cathy
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
Series statement
Social movements past and present
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hospice care
  • Attitude to Death
  • Death
  • Hospice Care
  • Hospices
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The hospice movement : easing death's pains, Cathy Siebold
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-211) and index
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volume
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Contents
Introduction to the hospice movement -- Evolution of hospice care -- Social conditions that fostered the hospice movement -- Death with dignity and the emergence of the hospice movement -- Creating the first modern hospice programs -- Peak of the movement -- Fragmentation -- Movement's accomplishments -- Care of the dying: a persistent social issue -- Sources of information on hospice care
Control code
26131708
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 221 pages
Isbn
9780805738681
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92018052
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1504096
Label
The hospice movement : easing death's pains, Cathy Siebold
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-211) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction to the hospice movement -- Evolution of hospice care -- Social conditions that fostered the hospice movement -- Death with dignity and the emergence of the hospice movement -- Creating the first modern hospice programs -- Peak of the movement -- Fragmentation -- Movement's accomplishments -- Care of the dying: a persistent social issue -- Sources of information on hospice care
Control code
26131708
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 221 pages
Isbn
9780805738681
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92018052
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1504096

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