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Hope 

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Hope
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Jaklin Eliott

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199571390.003.0018
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date: 24 October 2017

From the mid-twentieth century, hope has been a legitimate object of scientific academic enquiry, and transformed from a relatively uncomplicated concept, to a complex construct with multiple elements that may be selectively emphasized. Nonetheless, hope is, for the most part, positively perceived, deemed integral to overall quality of life, essential for well-being, and therefore a legitimate target for assessment and intervention by health professionals. There is, however, marked variation regarding the definition of hope, the origin of hope, and how health professionals can or should attend to the hopes of those in their care.

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