A mail survey was conducted to collect information on hospice support programs in the United States. The study was a collaboration between the Volunteer Hospice Network (VHN) and John Herrman a graduate student in Sociology at the University of Virginia. The Volunteer Hospice Network was created to promote the growth diversity and development of volunteer organizations that serve persons who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses and those who are grieving. The results of this survey will be used by the VHN to compile a directory of hospice support programs and to assess the needs of these programs. This research was made possible by a grant from the Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation.
John Herrman Doctoral Student University of Virginia