Perceptions of a 'good' death: a comparative study of the views of hospice staff and patients.

@article{Payne1996PerceptionsOA,
  title={Perceptions of a 'good' death: a comparative study of the views of hospice staff and patients.},
  author={Sheila Payne and A Langley-Evans and Rebecca Hillier},
  journal={Palliative medicine},
  year={1996},
  volume={10 4},
  pages={307-12}
}
The literature suggests that health professionals working in palliative care have developed an idealised concept of dying which has been labelled the 'good' death. This paper reports the results of a preliminary qualitative study which compared the concepts of a 'good' death used by patients and staff in a palliative care unit. Semistructured interviews designed to elicit perceptions of 'good' and 'bad' deaths were conducted with 18 patients and 20 health professionals. The transcribed… CONTINUE READING

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