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Pflege. 2009 Oct;22(5):371-8. doi: 10.1024/1012-5302.22.5.371.

[Ideas about a "good death" in Palliative Care Nursing].

[Article in German]

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Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin Zentrum für Entwicklung und Forschung Pflege (ZEFP) Universitätsspital Zurich, Rämistr, Zürich.

Abstract

In the modern hospice movement and in Palliative Care, helping severely ill and dying patients to have a "good end of life" and a "good death" has high priority. The concept of a "good death" reflects the corresponding ideal of a "good dying". This concept analy-sis aimed at clarifying the current understanding of the characteristics of a "good death" as well as at presenting a coherent theoretical and ideational basis. The meaning of an ideal death as a point of reference and leitmotif in structuring palliative and hospice care, the theoretical background, and the components of a "good death" will be described in this article.

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19780019
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10.1024/1012-5302.22.5.371
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