The following article was published from support by the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Mental Health. "Beginning with brief overviews of cultural competence and pediatric palliative care, this article reviews the relevant literature, describes the influence that culture and religion can have on end-of-life pediatric care and highlights the importance of integrating culture with death and dying traditions." (Weiner L. 2013)
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Wiener L, McConnell DG, Latella L, Ludi E. Cultural and religious considerations in pediatric palliative care. Palliat Support Care. 2013 Feb;11(1):47-67. doi: 10.1017/S1478951511001027. Epub 2012 May 22. Review. PubMed PMID: 22617619; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3437238.
This guide to cultural information for patient care below is designed as a resource for improving interpersonal relations, increasing understanding, and furthering world class service for the UMass Medical Center diverse patient population. By heightening awareness, enhancing communication and developing better cultural competence we keep patients first:
For information about refugees in Central Massachusetts and Massachusetts as a whole, please refer to the documents below:
The following documents were developed by The Joint Commission and the HealthCare Chaplaincy to inspire hospitals to integrate concepts from the communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care fields into their organizations.
1. To provide easily accessible culturally sensitive information for healthcare providers who care for children who are receiving palliative care.
2. To improve communication between children/families and their healthcare providers.
Palliative care for children represents a special, albeit closely related field to adult palliative care. WHO’s definition of palliative care appropriate for children and their families is as follows; the principles apply to other paediatric chronic disorders (WHO; 1998a):
This subject guide was a collaborative project with the Children's Medical Center Pediatric Palliative Care Team, the Lamar Soutter Library, Interpreter Services, and student interns.
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