Palliative Care in a Multicultural Society: Perceptions of Health Care Professionals

Beverley Mcnamara, K. Martin, C. Waddell, K. Yuen

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This study assesses the perceived competence of 191 Australian palliative care professionals in delivering crosscultural care. The relationship between the perceived competence levels of professionals and their experience and training is examined. Strategies to improve crosscultural palliative care, as suggested by palliative care providers, are also presented. Information about perceived competence and the kinds of difficulties encountered in crosscultural palliative care interactions form the basis of suggested guidelines for proposed education programmes. The results of this study suggest that specific education, rather than individual experience of crosscultural interactions, which may not always be positive, is needed to improve the competence of palliative care professionals. Education, therefore, is the key to the provision of culturally appropriate care to patients and their families from all cultural backgrounds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-367
JournalPalliative Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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