The Snog and Grog Club: social personhood in hospice care

Qual Health Res. 2013 Feb;23(2):147-55. doi: 10.1177/1049732312467707. Epub 2012 Nov 27.


The popularity of British hospice day care signals the expanding boundaries of palliative care beyond end-stage illness. In this article, I examine the ways hospice philosophy was interpreted and implemented in an outpatient day therapy setting run by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals. Findings suggest that hospice day care staff members used several strategies to help patients cope and retain a sense of personhood while facing numerous emotional and physical challenges associated with life-threatening illness. Health professionals in the United States will need to prepare for patients accessing hospice and palliative care services earlier in the illness trajectory to take advantage of these opportunities for patient support and advocacy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Ambulatory Care / organization & administration
  • Ambulatory Care / psychology*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Hospice Care / organization & administration
  • Hospice Care / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nursing Staff / psychology*
  • Outpatients / psychology*
  • Palliative Care / organization & administration
  • Palliative Care / psychology*
  • Personhood*
  • Quality of Life
  • Stress, Psychological
  • United Kingdom
  • United States