Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

“A Safe Place to Suffer”

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_3079


Palliative medicine; Palliative care; Hospice


Hospice and palliative care may not be described by anything better than by the term ‘a safe place to suffer.’ This expression was first used in 1987 by Averil Stedeford a psychiatrist working at a hospice in Oxford, UK in order to illustrate palliative care (place = relationship between a patient and his person in charge; suffer = rest distress after palliative help).


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