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Soňa Vávrová, Renata Polepilová

The Professional Readiness of Hospice and Palliative Care Workers for Accompanying Dying People


In the present article, the authors focused on identifying the training needs of hospice staff and other health care workers in palliative care. The authors conducted an extensive research project interviewing workers involved in the direct care of clients in the terminal stage of their life. The staff were interviewed on readiness for their existing professions in which they accompany the dying and encounter death on everyday basis. The research objective was to determine whether the respondents’ education is adequate, in their own view, for accompanying the dying and whether it enables them to come to terms with the finiteness of life.


hospice, palliative care, dying people, health care workers

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