Dame Cicely Saunders – an inspirational nursing theorist
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Dame Cicely Saunders – an inspirational nursing theorist

Jill Dobson Senior lecturer, University of Central Lancashire, School of Health Sciences, Preston, Lancashire, England

Dame Cicely Saunders is not well known as a nursing theorist, but is undoubtedly worthy of her recognition as the founder of the modern hospice movement. She developed the theory of ‘total pain’ which bases care of the dying on the whole person; treating not just the physical expressions or perceptions of pain, but also the psychological, social and spiritual aspects. This article considers how other models of end of life nursing care compare to Dame Cicely's theory and whether total pain theory can be applied in practice today.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 16, 7, 31-34. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2017.e1414



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Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 08 March 2017

Accepted: 22 May 2017