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UST Faculty Colloquium
Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM

Dr. Michael Sullivan from the Carol & Odis Peavy School of Nursing presents "Addressing Culture & Ethnic Nuances in Advance Care Planning, Palliative & End-of-Life Care."

More than ever before, patients and their families are being asked to participate in decisions affecting their healthcare. Advance directives tend to promote Western values of autonomy and control over one’s life and death which are not easily applied to some ethnic or cultural groups. With the passage of the Patient Self Determination Act, cultural and ethnic influences in advance care planning have become evident. Challenges may arise when caring for African American or Hispanic patients whose value system may align upon family consensus rather than individual autonomy. Without paying heed to ethnicity and culture, healthcare providers may create incongruities and experiences of meaninglessness for patients and families, rather than promote clarity and provide support.

Clinicians can alleviate this cultural gap by recognizing and affirming the patient's values, religion, spirituality, and family dynamics as they relate to cultural norms and secure opportunities in addressing advance care planning, palliative and end-of-life care in a culturally appropriate manner.

Location Crooker Center
Address

Ahern Room
3909 Graustark
Houston, TX 77006

Contact

Anne Lambert
lambera@stthom.edu
713-525-2160

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