Dying with comfort family illness narratives and early palliative care health communication. The volume explores the dilemmas of poor clinical communication denial of death clinician training deficiencies and health illiteracy as well as the promise of narrative medicine early palliative care and a new clinical training paradigm named the comfort initiative that will better ensure the inclusion of palliative care in communication . Sandra l ragan phd is emerita professor department of communication university of oklahoma norman this article was compiled from information from a number of chapters in a book entitled dying with comfort family illness narratives and early palliative care wittenberg lyles goldsmith ragan sanchez reilly in press. The rescued journey signifies a transition between curative care hospital narrative to noncurative care hospice narrative challenging patients and their families with an awareness of dying the rescued journey allows communication about prognosis and care options establishes productive experiences through open awareness and affords . In 2010 she was named the lewis donohew outstanding scholar in health communication with joy goldsmith sandra l ragan and sandra sanchez reilly she co authored communication as comfort multiple voices in palliative care and dying in comfort family illness narratives and early palliative care
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