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Cultural Considerations for End-of-Life Discussions: A Literature Review

This literature review explores cultural considerations related to end-of-life care discussions.

May 2, 2019 · Article

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Cultural Implications of Brain Death – A Literature Review

This literature review explores cultural considerations related to end-of-life care discussions.

September 19, 2017 · Article

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Advance Directives Presentation – Khmer/English

This is a 41 minute video presentation of a discussion led by Dr. Alex Molnar (Harborview Med Center/Univ of WA) with a community group of Cambodian Americans about the subjects of advance directives and end-of-life decision making.

October 2, 2015 · Video

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Palliative Care

Cultural Relevance in End-of-Life Care

This resource addresses three major areas of cultural relevance in end-of-life care: cultural competency in clinical practice; advance directives; and pain management.

August 23, 2012 · Article, PDF

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Medical Examiner Dialogue: Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

Information about the cultural and religious norms associated with death and dying among Ethiopian Orthodox Christians.

August 14, 2009 · Article

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Issues of Culture and the Role of Medical Examiner

Dr. Richard Harruff, Chief Medical Examiner, King County (WA State), initiated a series of meetings that explored traditional beliefs and practices about death, suicide, autopsy, organ donation, religion, delivery of news, and burial.

August 11, 2009 · Article

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Medical Examiner Dialogue: Somali

Information about the cultural and religious norms associated with death and dying among Somalis.

April 1, 2008 · Article

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Somali Funeral Traditions

To be practiced in the US, the traditional Somali funeral may require building awareness among local service providers and authorities about Somali customs.

April 1, 2008 · Article

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Death in Cambodian Buddhist Culture

Information about Cambodian Buddhist perspectives and funeral practices during times of death.

January 8, 2008 · Article

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End of Life Care

A short clinical pearl about the additional complexities of communicating about end-of-life care with non-English speaking. Recommedations for providers working with interpreters.

February 20, 2006 · Article

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Medical Examiner Dialogue: Vietnamese Buddhist

Introduction Please first read Death: The Cross Cultural Context – which serves as an introduction for this encounter. Trust Cross […]

June 1, 2002 · Article

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Death and Suicide in Sri Lanka

In most Buddhist countries the suicide death rates are not very high. Unfortunately, in my country Sri Lanka, the suicide […]

June 1, 2002 · Article

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Death: The Cross Cultural Context

Landing page for articles documenting King County Medical Examiner’s series of cross cultural meetings.

January 1, 2001 · Article

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Death Rituals in Vietnamese Society

A look at some of the rituals around death in Vietnamese culture from a personal perspective.

December 1, 2000 · Article

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Understanding Cultural Difference in Caring for Dying Patients

This article suggests a way to assess cultural variation in end-of-life care, arguing that culture is only meaningful when interpreted in the context of a patient’s unique history, family constellation, and socioeconomic status.

September 5, 1995 · PDF

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The Effect of Values and Culture on Life-Support Decisions

Withdrawing life support is always difficult. When patients and health professionals are from different ethnic backgrounds, value systems that form the basis for such decisions may conflict.

September 1, 1992 · PDF

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