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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 34

of 'Advance care planning and advance directives'

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The influence of culture on end-of-life decision making.
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Bullock K
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J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2011;7(1):83-98.
 
In 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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Department of Social Work, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. kbulloc@ncsu.edu
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