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You matter to the last moment of your life': cataloguing the papers of modernhospice pioneer Dame Cicely Saunders (1918-2005)

Kate O'Brien

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Wellcome Trust (WT)
The project aims to preserve and facilitate scholarly access to the remarkable personal collection of Dame Cicely Saunders, who throughout a long and distinguished career as nurse, clinician and practical care-giver, helped shape our modern perceptions of palliative treatment, the expectation that thechronically ill be relieved of pain, and their individual dignity be preservedin the face of death. Through the preservation, cataloguing and promotion of her extensive collection, the project will: (1)Facilitate study of Saunders' holistic approach to the care of the sick and dying in both mind and body and its impact on personal wellbeing (2)Harness and promote research and understanding of specific terminal conditions such as cancerer (3)Allow the exploration of the history of drug therapies, particularly in relation to pain relief (4)Make possible the study of patient choice and engagement in treatment (5)Promote the study of the institutional development of the hospice movement in the UK and internationally (6)Contribute to our understanding of the modern history of death and dying (7)Facilitate the biographical study of Saunders (8)Explore whether engagement with the arts can help improve understanding of palliative care and end of life treatment (9)Provide an understanding of the impact of nursing care and the need for familyengagement in welfare (10)Support the Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care at King's College, a leading institution in this field

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