Questions that face dying individuals, their families, and the professionals that help them at the end of their lives are explored in this volume. The contributors help the reader to come to terms with issues of mortality complicated by the diversity of cultures within society.

Advance Directives and End-of-Life Care: The Hispanic Perspective

Advance directives and end-of-life care: The hispanic perspective
Melissa A.Talamantes
Kathryn L.Braun

Cultural values, beliefs, religion, and spirituality affect choices that people make about health care treatment and end-of-life decisions. When faced with complex treatment regimes, expensive options for health care, and decisions to withhold treatment, patients and families easily can become overwhelmed, even under the best of circumstances. Additional challenges are presented when a family speaks a different language or has a different educational, economic, social, or cultural background than the provider. This chapter presents an overview of Hispanic elderly in the United States and the roles played by their families, social support systems, religion, and culture in decision making at the end of life. It recommends ways in ...

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