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J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2011 Oct;33 Suppl 2:S96-101. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0b013e318230daf3.

Cultural and spiritual considerations in palliative care.

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  • Capstone Healthcare Group, Phoenix, AZ 85021, USA. carollong@cox.net


Culture is a fundamental part of one's being. Spirituality is integrated with culture and both play a significant role in a person's journey through life. Yet, culture and spirituality are often misunderstood and may not seem to be important in healthcare settings. For adults with cancer and their families, this cannot be ignored. This paper reviews The Purnell Model of Cultural Competence as a framework for considering culture and spirituality in healthcare and discusses the importance of acknowledging and incorporating practices that support culture and spirituality in healthcare settings. Examples of how to include cultural and spiritual care in palliative and end-of-life care in healthcare settings are provided.

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