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doi: 10.1097/01.NCC.0000343370.16894.b7

Accommodating the Diverse Cultural Needs of Cancer Patients and Their Families in Palliative Care

Huang, Ya-Ling MN, RN; Yates, Patsy PhD, MSocSc, DipAppSci, RN; Prior, Deborah PhD, RN

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Cultural issues have become an increasingly important consideration in healthcare. Such cultural issues, however, are underresearched in Australia, especially in palliative care. This study has sought to address this gap, exploring the social construction of cultural issues in palliative care by oncology nurses. A grounded theory approach was used. Semistructured interviews with 7 Australian oncology nurses provided the data for the study. The core category emerging from the study was that of accommodating cultural needs whereby to meet patients' specific cultural requirements, nurses actively found ways to accommodate the needs of patients and their families. This process often included compromise and negotiation whereby limits were set. In addition, the use of cross-cultural communication strategies emerged from the data as an important feature of cultural care. A series of subcategories were also identified as factors that could influence the process by which nurses would accommodate cultural needs.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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