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Culturally Respectful Palliative Care 

Culturally Respectful Palliative Care
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Culturally Respectful Palliative Care
Author(s):

Polly Mazanec

and Joan T. Panke

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0043
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date: 25 August 2019

This chapter defines culturally respectful palliative care and discusses how the advanced practice registered nurse can integrate it into clinical practice. The chapter emphasizes the importance of reflecting on one’s own values, practices, and beliefs and recognizing their affect on the delivery of culturally sensitive care. Communication strategies for performing a cultural assessment of the patient and family are presented. Culturally sensitive topics such as language differences, health literacy, numeracy, and financial literacy are addressed, and strategies to deal with these issues are addressed . Special considerations in the delivery of culturally respectful palliative care (supporting beliefs regarding disclosure of prognosis and medical decision-making, recognizing cultural implications of pain and symptom management, integrating cultural rituals and practices into clinical care, and dealing with cultural clashes are reviewd).

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