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of 'Advance care planning and advance directives'

The influence of culture on end-of-life decision making.
Bullock K
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.
Department of Social Work, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. kbulloc@ncsu.edu