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Hospice and Palliative Care in AfricaA Review of Developments and Challenges$
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Michael Wright and David Clark

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206803.001.0001

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Personal motivations

Personal motivations

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(p.55) Chapter 3 Personal motivations
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Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa
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Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206803.003.0003

This chapter shows that there are moving accounts of the huge impact made by the illness, or death, of a friend or family member. Personal experience of illness and death is often reported as a strong motivation for hospice activity. It also determines considerable evidence of the place of the spiritual domain in the personal motivations of palliateurs. Some extracts reveal a sense of calling; others speak of divine intervention, the humanitarian implications of faith or the outcome of prayer. The next set of interview extracts illustrate that for some, the awareness came through contact with a hospice organization — a chance occurrence in some cases. Others heard of hospice care at seminars or conferences, by word of mouth or through the publications which explored issues around care at the end of life. Additionally, a group of extracts focuses on the desire to provide better care for patients, and what this means in the African context. Finally, it highlights some extracts that display a sense of fulfilment found in hospice care, despite the many challenges.

Keywords:   personal motivations, illness, death, hospice, palliateurs, humanitarian, Africa

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