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In-patient hospice: A qualitative study with Portuguese patients, family and staff

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The present study aims to provide insights on the role of in-patient hospices, which are sometimes described as disconnecting spaces. Researchers complement participant observation with in-depth interviews with 10 hospice patients, 20 family members, and 20 members of hospice staff. The findings suggest that the hospice provides a space where patients could enjoy the company of their loved ones without concerns regarding the dying process. The study reveals that the hospice offers a proper alternative to the home setting even in countries characterized by a strong familialistic culture like Portugal.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center for Research and Studies in Sociology, University Institute of Lisbon, CIES-IUL, CIES-IUL Edifício ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal

Publication date: May 27, 2016

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