The Hospice Industry Term Paper by Nicky

The Hospice Industry
An exploration of the hospice approach to end-of-life care.
# 128879 | 2,773 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper provides a definition and overview of the hospice concept, explains the services offered by hospices and looks at the growth of the hospice industry. The paper explores the main issues hospices face, such as the cost of more effective pain medication and hospices' regulation, and looks at the approaches hospices take to these issues. The paper then focuses on the city of South Bend in Indiana, and how the Indiana Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is addressing the issue of treating the homeless at their end-of-life.

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"The term hospice derives from a Latin word, which means the guesthouse of a convent or monastery (Wexler & Frey, 2004). The first hospices were run by members of religious orders in the Middle Ages who cared for them until their death. Hospices were built for ailing pilgrims in shrines in Europe, like in Rome, Compostela and Canterbury. Modern hospices are believed to have started in the United Kingdom in the mid-19th century in Dublin, Ireland. Roman Catholic Sisters of Charity provided a clean and caring place for the terminally ill. The practice became popular in England, Asia, Australia and Africa. It was only in the early 70s that the hospice concept was introduced and accepted in the United States through the efforts of physicians Cicely Saunders and Elisabeth Kobler-Ross. Dr. Saunders developed the basic tenets of hospice philosophy. These tenets include effective pain management, comprehensive home care services, counseling for the patient, acceptance of death as the natural end of the care delivery by health care professionals, bereavement counseling after the patient's death, and continued research and education (Wexler & Frey)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carlson, M. D. A., et al (2007). Hospice care: what services do patients and their Families receive? Health Services Research: Health Research and Educational Trust. Retrieved on November 20, 2008 from;col1
  • Indiana Hospice & Palliative Care (2007). Crossroads. Indiana Hospice & PalliativeCare, Inc. Retrieved on November 20, 2008 from
  • McMahon, P. M. (2008). Economic development for South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County. Project Future. Retrieved on November 20, 2008 from
  • Marshall, L. (2007). The business of dying. ColoradoBiz: Wiesner Publications, Inc. Retrieved on November 20, 2008 from;col1
  • Solnik, C. (2002). Hospice industry: struggling despite being busier than ever. LongIsland Business News: Dolan Media Newswires. Retrieved on November 20, 2008 from;col1

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APA Format

The Hospice Industry (2010, August 16) Retrieved September 29, 2022, from

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"The Hospice Industry" 16 August 2010. Web. 29 September. 2022. <>