Ethnicity and “aggressive” end of life care

Aziz Sheikh, Sangeeta Dhami

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Abstract

Facilitating a good death is one of the most fundamental duties of health systems. The study by Yarnell and colleagues, which investigated the association between ethnicity and end of life care in patients of White European, Chinese and South Asian ancestry, highlights how—in the absence of a shared understanding of what constitutes a good end—this can be deeply challenging to realize. In particular, in seeking to provide respectful, tailored end of life care in pluralist societies it is important that we do not inadvertently impose essentially Eurocentric notions of what constitutes “aggressive care” onto people who may hold very different world-views.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Medical Association Journal
Early online date15 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Mar 2020

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