Defining volunteering in hospice and palliative care in Europe: An EAPC white paper

Anne Goossensen, Jos Somsen, Ros Scott, Leena Pelttari

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    The Taskforce on Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care (HPC), created in 2013 within the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), presents a White Paper on the definition, typology, role, position, identity and value of HPC volunteering
    This EAPC White Paper is based on a literature review, focus group discussions and a Delphi-like consultation of six European experts.
    Consensus was reached, among others, on the fact that volunteering in care-focused roles is best understood as a relational activity and that the contribution of volunteers in such roles lies in ‘being there’ and creating value through encounters
    The concept of ‘being there’ used by volunteering organisations in several countries seems to offer a good base from which to research the theoretical framework of HPC volunteering, as well as develop training, supervision and self-reflection. 
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)184-191
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean Journal of Palliative Care
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medical–Surgical
    • Oncology(nursing)


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