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Cultural, Psychological, and Spiritual Dimensions of Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises 

Cultural, Psychological, and Spiritual Dimensions of Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises
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Cultural, Psychological, and Spiritual Dimensions of Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises
Author(s):

Peter Yuichi Clark

, Denah M. Joseph

, and Jessi Humphreys

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190066529.003.0016
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date: 01 April 2020

This chapter examines the complex psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual dynamics that arise when offering palliative care during humanitarian crises. It asserts the importance of being aware of one’s unconscious beliefs, biases, and assumptions, while advocating for cultural awareness, curiosity, and humility when engaging with those impacted by crises. It encourages readers to consider common dilemmas in cross-cultural caregiving situations. It also reviews factors that can increase psychological morbidities, stress resilience, principles of psychological first aid (PFA), and grief and bereavement, including a description of the types of loss people experience and how they may cope with grief. The chapter ends by discussing spirituality as a vital dimension of human experience, principles of spiritual first aid (SFA), and the essential accompanying that marks spiritual care in disaster situations.

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