Cross-Cultural Differences in Communication About a Dying Child.

Title

Cross-Cultural Differences in Communication About a Dying Child.

Creator

Cochran D; Saleem S; Khowaja-Punjwani S; Lantos JD

Publisher

Pediatrics

Date

2017

Subject

Communication; Cross-cultural Comparison; Physician-patient Relations; Attitude To Death/ Ethnology; Child; Humans; Male; Pakistan/ethnology; Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis/ Diagnosis/ Ethnology; United States/ethnology

Description

There are more migrants, refugees, and immigrants adrift in the world today than at any time in the recent past. Doctors and hospitals must care for people from many different cultures, countries, and religious backgrounds. We sometimes find our own deeply held beliefs and values challenged. In this "Ethics Rounds," we present a case in which a Pakistani immigrant family faces a tragic medical situation and wants to deal with it in ways that might be normative in their own culture but are aberrant in ours. We asked the American doctors and 2 Pakistani health professionals to think through the issues. We also invited the father to talk about his own experience and preferences. We conclude that strict adherence to Western ethical norms may not always be the best choice. Instead, an approach based on cultural humility may often allow people on both sides of a cultural divide to learn from one another.

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Citation List Month

December 2017 List

PMID

PMID: 29051330

Notes

Copyright (c) 2017 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Citation

Cochran D; Saleem S; Khowaja-Punjwani S; Lantos JD, “Cross-Cultural Differences in Communication About a Dying Child.,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed January 20, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11126.

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