Framing Palliative Care
This chapter explores the complex language surrounding the practice of palliative care and palliative care nursing. It offers a cogent and contemporary discussion of the terms ‘palliative care’, ‘hospice’ and ‘end-of-life care’. The intention is to outline a language framework that enables clarity and consistency in the use of terms. The chapter is intended to clarify the context of palliative care within the wider system of health services.
- A discussion on the terminology that surrounds palliative care
- A description of the history and usage of the terms ‘palliative care’, ‘end-of-life care’ and ‘hospice’
- Examples illustrating the breadth and nuance of palliative care, and
- An extensive reference list (including books, journals and websites) for further reading and investigation