Malta Hospice Movement: care in a tightly knit community

Watts, Jacqueline H. and Abela, Jurgen (2011). Malta Hospice Movement: care in a tightly knit community. European Journal of Palliative Care, 18(2) pp. 97–99.



Hospice is always contextually situated and the history of the global hospice movement points to different pathways of development across the world (Clark et al, 2002). In Malta, hospice is a relatively recent innovation started in 1989. The aim of this article is to inform readers about the Malta Hospice Movement (MHM) and chart some of the challenges that lie ahead for the provision of palliative care in this tightly knit society. A further aim is to contribute to a wider understanding of different types of hospice provision within Europe that Janssens et al (2002) argue is a function of local conditions and prevailing norms.

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