This year, about 2.5 million Americans will die. About 900,000 of them, or three in ten, will get hospice care in their last weeks or months. Hospice is specialized care for terminally ill patients with less than six months to live. It offers a way in which family, doctors, nurses, pastors, and the community can all be involved in helping a person during their last days of life. The majority of existing documentary work related to hospice focuses on the perspectives of patients and their families. In his multimedia piece, Duke University Geriatrics and Palliative Care Fellow Christopher Jones focused his project on the stories of five care-givers working in hospice and palliative care at Duke Hospice at Hock Family Pavilion.
Dr. Jones presented this work in Grand Rounds at Duke.