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Working across cultures of difference: ethnicity and the challenge for palliative day care

Julie Hearn

in Palliative Day Care in Practice

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780192631831
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631831.003.0003
Working across cultures of difference: ethnicity and the challenge for palliative day care

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This chapter draws upon qualitative research in a London Hospice. The ethnographic and exploratory nature of the study means that the data are best interpreted as highlighting the specific context in which accounts have been produced rather than being used to draw precise generalizations from the study samples to wider populations. The chapter has two main aims: to provide an overview of research on ethnicity that has implications for day care; and to draw upon the accounts of hospice service users in the study to look at more complex ways of approaching issues of ethnicity and equity in service provision. Most significantly, it suggests that although ethnic identity can have an important influence on the needs of service users, the relationship between the two is more complex and multi-dimensional than current approaches to multi-cultural service development would suggest.

Keywords: hospice service; ethnic identity; multi-cultural service; social inequality; London Hospice

Chapter.  7624 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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