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Project will assess effects of patients writing about their terminal illness on self perceived quality of life

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1485
  1. Gillie Bolton, Research associatea,
  2. Sam Ahmedzai, Professora
  1. a Department of Surgical and Anaesthetic Sciences, Palliative Medicine Section, University of Sheffield, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF

    Editor—Naomi Craft writes of autobiographies about dying.1 2 3 She reasons that these accounts can help readers feel better about their own deaths and satisfy some fearful curiosity about dying; publishing such accounts can fulfil a need of the writers to create a powerful memorial.

    The process of writing expressively and exploratively about dying can also have intensely therapeutic benefits, we believe. “Writing therapy in palliative care” is a pilot project started by the palliative medicine …

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