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Palliative Care, Culture, and the Pacific Basin 

Palliative Care, Culture, and the Pacific Basin
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Palliative Care, Culture, and the Pacific Basin
Author(s):

Anngela-Cole Linda

, Lana Sue Ka'opua

, and Yvonne Yim

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0054
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date: 30 March 2020

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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