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Hope for the Future

Christina M. Puchalski

in A Time for Listening and Caring

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195146820
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146820.003.0024
Hope for the Future

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This chapter discusses the importance of patient experience in improving the quality of palliative care, highlighting the impact of the stories and advocacy of Rhonda Oziel and other terminally ill patients on future generations of doctors. It also explains how the author's spiritual life has been significantly affected by her patients and how the experience of being with another in the midst of suffering and woundedness opened her up to her own suffering and woundedness.

Keywords: patient experience; palliative care; Rhonda Oziel; doctors; terminally ill; spiritual life; suffering; woundedness

Chapter.  2197 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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