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Dignity therapy : final words for final days

Author: Harvey Max Chochinov
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
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"Maintaining dignity for patients approaching death is a core principle of palliative care. Translating that principle into methods of guiding care at the end of life, however, can be a complicated and daunting task. Dignity therapy, a psychological intervention developed by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov and his internationally lauded research group, has been designed specifically to address many of the psychological,  Read more...
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Chochinov, Harvey Max.
Dignity therapy.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011016652
(OCoLC)714030350
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harvey Max Chochinov
ISBN: 9780199917921 0199917922
OCLC Number: 775861811
Awards: Winner of PROSE (Clinical Medicine) 2012
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 199 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Dignity and the end of life --
Moving dignity into care --
Introducing dignity therapy to patients and families --
Doing dignity therapy --
The generativity document --
From start to finish --
Moving forward.
Responsibility: Harvey Max Chochinov.

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"Maintaining dignity for patients approaching death is a core principle of palliative care. Translating that principle into methods of guiding care at the end of life, however, can be a complicated and daunting task. Dignity therapy, a psychological intervention developed by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov and his internationally lauded research group, has been designed specifically to address many of the psychological, existential, and spiritual challenges that patients and their families face as they grapple with the reality of life drawing to a close. Tested with patients with advanced illnesses in Canada, the United States, Australia, China, Scotland, England, and Denmark, dignity therapy has been shown to not only benefit patients, but their families as well. In the first book to lay out the blueprint for this unique and meaningful intervention, Chochinov addresses one of the most important dimensions of being human. Being alive means being vulnerable and mortal; he argues that dignity therapy offers a way to preserve meaning and hope for patients approaching death. Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days is a beautiful introduction to this pioneering and innovative work. With history and foundations of dignity in care, and step by step guidance for readers interested in implementing the program, this volume illuminates how dignity therapy can change end-of-life experience for those about to die - and for those who will grieve their passing"--Provided by publisher.

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