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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.

Contents include

  • 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
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Author / Editor Biographies

MA and PhD.
David Stephenson started working as a palliative care nurse in 1995. Since that time, he has worked in patient, hospital and community services in both Adelaide, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. David has recently returned to clinical practice as a nurse practitioner candidate after spending a number of years in health service planning and reform implementation roles, where he had a lead role in the development of the current strategic plan for palliative care service in South Australia. He will soon complete a Master of Nurse Practitioner. In 2012, he will seek authorisat...

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