Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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This investigation focuses on patients' perspectives of hospice care as relating to the communication of the wholistic1 health care approach defined in the mission of hospice care. Given research reveals that the communication of wholistic health care is affected by factors such as individual patient health, social support systems, and interdisciplinary teams (IDTs), this study aims to examine whether the original hospice mission has been met, maintained, or communicated to hospice patients. Semi-structured, open-ended interview questions explore patients' perceptions of wholistic care and interdependence with the participants, in their health care. Responses reflected that patients are unaware of all the services offered under wholistic care. Furthermore, through the lens of relational dialectics, patients are unable to receive this comprehensive care and struggle between the tensions of openness and closedness, autonomy and connectedness, and uncertainty and certainty as they attempt to create and maintain interdependence with IDTs and social support systems; 1Patients perceived holistic health care to be synonymous with Eastern healing philosophies, which incorporate medical practices "outside the mainstream of scientific medicine" (holistic, n.d.). To emphasize hospice holistic care as comprehensive care for the whole individual, this study utilizes an alternative spelling of wholistic.
Approach; Call; Care; Centered; Dying; Hospice; Individual; Patients; Research
Mass media; Communication; Public health
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Nebel, Sarah Nicole, "Dying as an individual: A call for a patient-centered approach to hospice care research" (2008). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2380.