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Ethnic and cultural aspects of palliative care 

Ethnic and cultural aspects of palliative care
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Ethnic and cultural aspects of palliative care
Author(s):

LaVera Crawley

and Jonathan Koffman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0009
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date: 07 May 2021

This chapter attempts to identify ‘differences that make a difference’ when individuals and groups negotiate institutions and practices for palliative and end-of-life care. Two influences on the practice of palliative care-immigration and health disparities-are examined. The World Health Organization definition of palliative care specifies two goals: improving quality of life of patients and families and preventing and relieving suffering. It identifies three ‘colour blind’ strategies for meeting those goals: early identification, impeccable assessment, and (appropriate) treatment. Lastly, the definition addresses four domains of care: (1) problems related to pain, (2) physical conditions, (3) the psychosocial, (4) and the spiritual. This chapter specifically addresses these goals, strategies, and domains in relation to delivering quality palliative care in cross- or multicultural settings.

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