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The influence of culture on end-of-life decision making

TitleThe influence of culture on end-of-life decision making
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBullock, K
JournalJ Soc Work End Life Palliat CareJ Soc Work End Life Palliat Care
ISBN Number1552-4264 (Electronic)<br/>1552-4264 (Linking)
Accession Number21391079
KeywordsAdvance Care Planning/organization & administration, Advance Directives/ethnology, African Americans/ psychology, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Attitude to Death, Cultural Competency, Culture, Decision Making, European Continental Ancestry Group/ psychology, Female, Focus Groups, Health Status, Hospice Care, Humans, Income, Male, Middle Aged, Personal Autonomy, Religion, Social Work/organization & administration, Terminal Care/ organization & administration
AbstractIn their research, scholars have documented racial and ethnic differences in end-of-life care preferences, which have translated into cultural barriers. However, few studies have explained the racial differences. In the present study, focus groups with semi-structured follow-up interviews were utilized to elicit explanations for variance in decision making in a sample of Black and White community-dwelling residents. Participants identified specific cultural beliefs, values, and communication patterns that can be used to promote cultural competency among practitioners who provide care at end of life.
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