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End-of-life experiences and expectations of Africans in Australia: Cultural implications for palliative and hospice care


Hiruy, K and Mwanri, L, End-of-life experiences and expectations of Africans in Australia: Cultural implications for palliative and hospice care, Nursing Ethics: An International Journal for Health Care Professionals, 21, (2) pp. 187-197. ISSN 1477-0989 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0969733012475252


The ageing and frail migrants who are at the end of life are an increasing share of migrants living in Australia. However, within such populations, information about end-of-life experiences is limited, particularly among Africans. This article provides some insights into the sociocultural end-of-life experiences of Africans in Australia and their interaction with the health services in general and end-of-life care in particular. It provides points for discussion to consider an ethical framework that include Afro-communitarian ethical principles to enhance the capacity of current health services to provide culturally appropriate and ethical care. This article contributes to our knowledge regarding the provision of culturally appropriate and ethical care to African patients and their families by enabling the learning of health service providers to improve the competence of palliative care systems and professionals in Australia. Additionally, it initiates the discussion to highlight the importance of paying sufficient attention to a diverse range of factors including the migration history when providing palliative and hospice care for patients from African migrant populations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Afro-communitarian ethics, African migrants, cultural competence, end-of-life care
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Social and cultural anthropology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to specific ethnic groups
UTAS Author:Hiruy, K (Dr Kiros Hiruy)
ID Code:91234
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2014-05-13
Last Modified:2018-03-16

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