Date of Award

Spring 1985

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

The hospice concept of caring for terminally ill patients and their families has proven to be an excellent alternative to traditional institutional methods oriented more toward cure than care. This care can be provided in a hospital setting or in the patient's home. Currently, few hospitals provide such care. A hospital that is interested in providing such care must have a mission statement and philosophy that would support such a program. Implementing a hospice program in an acute care facility proves to be an exciting challenge to administration. Hospice development in such a setting requires a basic knowledge of what constitutes a hospice program of care and what issues will be confronted in implementation. This writer searched the literature to outline the history, definition, philosophy, goals and standards of a hospice program. Consideration for implementation, such as financial, necessary programatic components and maintenance of quality care were also identified. Incorporating these issues, the writer utilizes the management process to detail hospice development and implementation in an acute care facility.

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