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The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care$
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Ros Scott and Steven Howlett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788270.001.0001

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Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in Poland and Eastern Europe

Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in Poland and Eastern Europe

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(p.83) Chapter 7 Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in Poland and Eastern Europe
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The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care
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Piotr Krakowiak

Leszek Pawłowski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788270.003.0007

Hospice and palliative care in Central and Eastern European countries benefits from volunteers involved in a variety of services. The variety of volunteering across the region reflects diverse political, economic, and legal situations in post-communist countries. Poland led palliative care in the 1980s with other countries following in the 1990s. Polish palliative care started with volunteers, the Catholic Church and the country’s first non-governmental organizations running home centres with care incorporated into health care systems after the democratic changes of 1989. That brought financing from the national health insurance with a greater role for paid staff. Poland has played a leading role in the Central and Eastern Europe in the development of palliative care and hospice volunteering. Volunteers across the region now work together with paid staff in various forms of hospice and palliative care centres providing patient care, psychosocial support, and are engaged in charity work, fundraising, and education.

Keywords:   Central and Eastern Europe, democratic transformation, history of medicine, hospice and palliative care, hospice volunteering, law, Poland, volunteers

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