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Cultural issues in palliative care for non-cancer patients

Peter W. Speck

in Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780192629609
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0022
Cultural issues in palliative care for non-cancer patients

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Most studies of cultural influences in palliative care have related mainly to people coming to terms with a cancer-related diagnosis. Some of the work undertaken can be applied to non-cancer patients but more research is needed specifically with non-cancer patients. This chapter examines the meaning of culture and ethnicity, the experience of becoming ill, and the way in which that may be culturally determined. It explores the importance of being aware of ethnocentricity together with two aspects of care where some research has been undertaken: pain and communication. Finally, it looks at staff needs and training, managerial issues, and suggestions for further research in this area of care.

Keywords: patient care; cultural influences; ethnicity; illness; ethnocentricity; pain; communications; staff training; palliative care staff

Chapter.  5081 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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