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Clin Cornerstone. 2004;6(1):43-8; discussion 49.

End-of-life care for ethnic minority groups.

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  • 1De Montfort University, Division of Primary Care, Leicester, United Kingdom.


Death and dying are profound events that bring into focus important ethical and medical questions for all patients, whatever their cultural background. For ethnic minority groups and their families, specific issues or barriers may arise related to culturally appropriate health care practices, cultural or religious differences, diverse health beliefs, and access to services for care and support during end-of-life conditions. National policy and local initiatives in both the United States and the United Kingdom support the development of services that address the care of ethnic minorities. This article examines end-of-life care for ethnic minority groups.

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