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Palliative Care, Culture, and the Pacific Basin

Anngela-Cole Linda, Lana Sue Ka'opua and Yvonne Yim

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

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Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739110
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0054
Palliative Care, Culture, and the Pacific Basin

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This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

The concept of “collectivism” offers an important framework for understanding palliative care in the Pacific.

A deep sensitivity to subtle culturally based communication styles is vital.

It is important to understand how systemic barriers may present challenges to obtaining quality palliative care for this population.

The role of the social worker in palliative care in the Pacific is unique and challenging due to the considerable diversity in end-of-life beliefs and practices as well as the wide diversity in language.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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