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SYMPOSIUM ON END OF LIFE CARE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 154-156

Cultural and religious aspects of palliative care


Department of Surgery, Division of Critical Care, Trauma and Burn, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Correspondence Address:
Steven M Steinberg
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery Chief, Division of Critical Care, Trauma and Burn, 395 W. 12th Avenue, Suite 630, Columbus, Ohio 43210
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.84804

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For most clinicians and patients, the discussion of palliative care is a difficult topic. It is complicated by both the clinician's and patient's belief systems, which are frequently heavily influenced by cultural and religious upbringing. This article discusses the impact of some of those differences on attitudes toward end of life decisions. Several different religions and cultures have been evaluated for their impact on perceptions of palliative care and the authors will share some examples.


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