Cicely saunders founded the first modern hospice and more than anybody else was responsible for establishing the discipline and the culture of palliative care she introduced effective pain management and insisted that dying people needed dignity compassion and respect as well as rigorous scientific methodology in the testing of treatments. The name was first applied to specialized care for dying patients by physician dame cicely saunders who began her work with the terminally ill in 1948 and eventually went on to create the first modern hospice st christophers hospice in a residential suburb of london. For many in the modern hospice movement the name dame cicely saunders carries a level of respect akin to that of florence nightingale or clara barton saunders is widely regarded as a key founder of modern hospice programs as well as one of the first leading advocates for palliative care to help ensure patients with terminal illnesses are . Dame cicely saunders founder of the modern hospice movement march 2010 dame cicely saunders devoted her life to making sure people could die with dignity and free from pain
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