The palliative care needs of ethnic minority patients attending a day-care centre: a qualitative study.

Fiona Diver, Alexandros Molasiotis, Les Weeks

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The aim of this study was to assess the culture-specific palliative care needs of ethnic minority patients. Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted using elements of phenomenology with four ethnic minority patients who were attending a day-care centre. Although the aim was to assess cultural needs, it was found that the patients expressed basic human needs rather than culture-specific ones. The theme of acculturation, where patients 'fit in' with the dominant culture, was predominant. This suggests that stereotypical cultural care may not always be appropriate, as micro-cultures and individual diversity within cultures exist. These should be explored in the cultural assessment of ethnic minority patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-396
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing

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