Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hope Comes in Three Flavors

A study from The Netherlands looks at hope as experienced by palliative-care patients -- through the literature of medical professionals.

The perspectives fall into three categories: realistic (“hope as an expectation should be truthful, and healthcare professionals focused on adjusting hope to truth”), functional (“hope as coping mechanism should help patients, and professionals focused on fostering hope”), and narrative (“hope as meaning should be valuable for patients, and healthcare professionals focused on interpreting it”).

The study concludes, “Healthcare professionals who are able to work with three perspectives on hope may improve their communication with their palliative care patients, which leads to a better quality of care.”


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