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Patient Participation in Palliative CareA voice for the voiceless$
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Barbara Monroe and David Oliviere

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515814.001.0001

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Cultural difference and palliative care

Cultural difference and palliative care

(p.74) 6 Cultural difference and palliative care
Patient Participation in Palliative Care

Juan M. Núñez Olarte

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses cultural difference and palliative care. It looks at the existing issues in end-of-life care that are related to culture, the influence of culture on patients' perception of pain and treatment, and culture and ‘quality of death’. The chapter also discusses euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide versus terminal sedation, diagnosis disclosure, and how medical professionals in palliative care can meet diverse needs in a multi-cultural society.

Keywords:   cultural difference, influence of culture, treatment, quality of death, euthanasia, terminal sedation, diagnosis disclosure, multi-cultural society

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