Edited By Jon F. Nussbaum, Howard Giles and Amber Worthington
Epilogue: Walking Through the Door
SANDRA L. RAGAN
On any given day we busy ourselves with our families, the task of a daily commute, and overfilled workloads. Not until we cross a very noticeable or purposive threshold do we take stock of all of our labor, our commitments, and our role in the discourse that has become our life work. As long-time collaborators in the field of end-of-life communication, we are humbled by the development of end-of-life care as an area of study in health communication. This Epilogue provides us a meaningful opportunity to reflect on end-of-life communication in the communication discipline and to consider its place in the time we have ahead.
Our volume, Communication as Comfort (Ragan, Wittenberg-Lyles, Goldsmith, & Sanchez-Reilly, 2008), first provided a systematic investigation of communication issues in end-of-life care from a health communication perspective, offering an understanding of palliative care, palliative care communication, and end-of-life communication. We sought to clarify the confusion about the similarities and differences between palliative care and hospice, even among health care providers. As this practice of care grows, and as the governing bodies overseeing health care come to herald palliative care as a key intervention to buoy the fracturing health care system, palliative care programs are more clearly seen as concentrating on relieving suffering and improving quality of life; they do not exclude or include a patient based on diagnosis or prognosis. Hospice care is a subset of palliative care...
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