Contradictions in the development of new hospices: a case study

Clark, D. (1991) Contradictions in the development of new hospices: a case study. Social Science and Medicine, 33(9), pp. 995-1004. (doi:10.1016/0277-9536(91)90004-V)

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Despite a decade of concern about the ‘mushrooming’ of new hospice developments within the British Isles, we remain remarkably ignorant about the processes which lead to the initiation of new hospice projects and the factors which affect their progress. Three inter-related issues appear important: (1) policy and resource implications; (2) changing models of hospice care; (3) ‘community’ factors. This paper explores the interconnections between these, using a case study approach and describes in detail the efforts of a single local voluntary group to establish a programme of community care for dying people. It shows that: (1) local ‘communities’ are likely to make continued demands for hospice type care, despite official scepticism about proliferation; but also that these communities should not be seen as homogeneous in their aspirations and demands; (2) new models of community care will interact with wider policy changes in the NHS and Social Services to raise questions about how terminal care services can be further developed; (3) shifts away from traditional in-patient models of care are likely to high-light divisions between ‘lay’ and ‘professional’ groups in their perceptions of how services can be delivered.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Professor David
Authors: Clark, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Social Science and Medicine
ISSN (Online):1873-5347
Published Online:01 July 2002

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