Hospice Admission Assessment: A Narrative View

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Hospice admission assessment is a pivotal encounter for patient/family and hospice representative. For patient/family, the admission is the threshold by which a particular level of care can commence and, symbolically, a certain marker in health status trajectory is reached. For hospice representative, the admission episode is an occasion to inaugurate an ambience that can serve to frame future hospice care experiences for the patient/family. Through a narrative lens, hospice admission assessment can be seen as experiential time and space, where patient’s and family’s stories are mindfully and deliberately witnessed and explored. Through the practice of narrative mining, the hospice representative can better understand others’ offered stories of reality, which will better inform the plan of palliation and hospice care.

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