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1Cultural Relevance in End-of-Life Care Phyllis R. Coolen, DNP, RNPLFSOM 2nd Annual Cultural Competence SeminarTexas Tech University, El Paso, TexasApril 12, 2013
2Presentation Overview The Relevance of Cultural Competency in End-of Life CareCultural Factors to Consider in End-of Life CareCultural AssessmentAdvance DirectivesPain ManagementCase Studies
3The Relevance of Cultural Competency United States moving towards a more ethnically and culturally diverse country2040 white are expected to account 50% of populationContinued immigration Latin American and Asia“Minority Majority “in a number states and cities
4Challenge patient’s cultural norms different from the healthcare provider’s own American norms and culture valuesAmerican core values emphasize autonomy and individual rights to make life choices, especially healthcare and end-of-life choices.The 1990 Federal Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) ensures individual rights.
5Relevance of Cultural Competency in End-of-Life Care 2010 National Healthcare Disparities ReportDisparities in palliative and end-of-life care for ethnically diverse groupsLess likely to receive right amount emotional supportLess likely to receive end-of-life care consistent with their wishesMore likely to report poorer communication with their physicians and nursesHad a greater misunderstanding about care options; less knowledge about end-of-life care and advance directivesWenger et. al (2001) found that practitioners discussed end-of-life care less with Blacks, Latinos, HIV via IV drug users, those less educated, and the poor.
6Communication = Greatest Barrier :Nurse: “ I was having a difficult time understanding why this Asian family was making all the decisions and not allow the patient to do anything for himself.”Nurse: “It is difficult when the family does not want us to talk about dying to the patient and even use the term “cancer “or “dying”.Social worker: “Often make assumptions about what the person wants or says and we are so off the mark, because we don’t know enough about the culture.”Chaplain: “We aren’t intentionally giving bad care, we simply lack the knowledge and training.”Physician: “It is not easy to talk about end-of-life care or advance directives, especially if we use an interpreter - not sure if what I am telling the patient is actually being translated correctly”.
7Cultural Factors to Consider in End-of Life Care Death as a Taboo SubjectNot acceptable to discussConsidered disrespectful, bad luck,cause a loss of hope, despairProtecting the dying family memberCollective Decision-makingNorm in many culturesFamily is the decision maker; Filial PietyPower of collectivism more important than individual
8Perception of the Physician’s Status Physician only one with authorityDiscussion is a sign of disrespectAsking questions means challenging authorityCultural influences on preferenceof where to dieHome = Samoans, Vietnamese,Asian Indians, KoreansHospital = Chinese
9Role of Religion and Faith Many ethnically diverse cultures, approach to health and illness is through interconnection of mind, body, spirit with nature or the environment.Faith and spirituality can play a significant role in the perception and response to the dying process.
11Cultural Assessment Kleinman’s Explanatory Model Kleinman’s explanatory model uses 8 simple questions that clarify cultural generalization and provide insight into the patient’s personal meaning of illness.(Campbell added 4 other questions to Kleinman’s relating to family’s viewpoint.)What do you think has caused your illness?Why do you think your illness started when it did?What do you think your illness does to you? How does it work?How severe is your illness/What kind of treatment do you think you should receive?What are the most important results you hope to receive from this treatment?What is the main/biggest problem your illness has caused you?What do you fear most about your illness?
12Geiger’s Model: Communication What’s the usual pattern of communication? Who’s the spokesperson/decision maker? Terms used?SpaceFamily closeness valued? Family definedTimePresent, Past, Future Oriented?Environmental ControlLocus of control?Social OrganizationSpiritual beliefs? Use of traditional medicineBiological VariationUsual responses to medication
13Kagawa-Singer & Blackhall Nemonic Approach ABCDE: Attitude – About truth telling, positive or negative attitudes about health careDo you use any traditional healing practices?Beliefs – Religious/ Spiritual beliefsHow can we support your needs and practices? Where do you find your strength to make sense of what is happening to you?Context –Historical, political, immigrant, refugee, acculturationWhere were you born and raised?How long have you been in the US? What language are you most comfortable using?Decision-making style – who is major decision maker, collectivism, filial pietyHow are decision about health care made in your family?Is there anyone else I should talk to in your family about your condition?Environment – Available resourcesIdentify community resources15
14Advance Directive Document expressing person’s wishes concerning certain life sustaining medical treatment when a person is seriously ill or at the end of life, should the person not be able to communicate his or her wishes.
15Differences in each state WA used only when life-sustaining treatment would artificially prolong life in a terminal condition or when individual is in an irreversible coma. Signed by two witness, not be notarized. Texas – signed two witness/notarized.Five Wishes – legal advance document in 42 states. Translated in 26 languages . Not legal form in Texas https://fivewishesonling.agingwithdignnity.org.
16Other Health Care Decision Documents Durable Power of Attorney for HealthcareLegal document designating person to make medical decisions when individual is incapacitated.WA -Not need to notarized or witnessed, advisable to have lawyer prepareTexas – signed and notarizedWA POLST – Physician’s Order for Life Sustaining TreatmentNot the same as an advance directiveSpecific Orders by the physician or ARNP indicates what type of life sustaining treatment individual wants.
17Cultural Issues Around Advance Directives Ethnic minorities have lower rates of acompleted advance directiveLack of knowledgeLack of understandingDistrust in the health care system andconcern wishes won’t be carried outAcculturationCollectivism decision-makingPreference Physician to make decisionsFear of death, death is a taboo subjectInfluence of religion or spiritualityKey is in the planning process and developing a trusting relationship with patient and family
18Approaches to Discussions About Advance Directives PrivateSufficient timeWho needs to be involved in the discussionInterpreter – Understand the purpose of“Aggressive treatment” - education“Nothing can be done”Use of community support – leaders, religious or spiritual leaders
19Pain Management Health disparities among ethnically diverse groups and the poor receiveworse careDisparities in Pain ManagementLess likely to receive pain medication or receive lower doses even if patient has advanced cancer
20Miscommunication and perception of pain needs Common theme across all ethnic groups (Im, et.al)Chung et.al – Chinese and Japanese Americans’ cancer pain significantly under estimated by nurses and physicians.Anderson et. al – African American and Hispanic patients’ pain severity significantly under estimated by physicians despite having recurring or advanced cancer.Coolen et.al – many healthcare providers associated minorities and low income patients with drug seeking behavior/addiction = result is under treatment of legitimate pain.
21Disparities in Pain Management Lack of access to careLack of appropriate access toanalgesics and opioidsLack of access to pain specialistLanguage barriersPatient’s pain must be considered within the context of the individual’s beliefs and values – culture influences person’s perception and response to pain
22Perception of pain and request for pain Culture affect person’s response to pain both in meaning and expression of painCreate barriersUse of traditional practicesCoin RubbingCuppingHerbal Remedies
23Assessment – Explanatory Model (Kleinman) What do you call your pain? Why do you think you have this pain?What cultural remedies have you tired to help you with your pain?Have you seen a traditional healer for your pain?
25Case Study 1Mr. S is a 53 year old Cambodian immigrant with incurable metastatic colon cancer diagnosed 3 months ago. He has limited English proficiency. He is admitted to impatient care for placement of a peritoneal drainage for malignant ascites. The only pain medication ordered is Vicodan, 1-2 tablets every 6 hours as needed. His wife speaks English well.Night shift notes that patient did not ask for any pain medication.Early am visit by the hospice nurse notes that patient is in severe pain – moaning and groans with slight movement. Wife states he has had a bad night and can anything be done to make him more comfortable.Sampeah GreetingCultural Assessment PerformedPain Assessment Performed
26Case Study 2 Mrs.V. is a 68 year old Filipino Hawaiian with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She is also an insulin dependent diabetic. She lives with her son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren. She has gotten weaker and has fallen several times, tripping over rugs and stuff. She also only likes to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, despite nutritional counseling. She has been on hospice for a month and staff are frustrated with her continued high risk of falling and “noncompliance” with her diet.Every questions asked of client – client needed to “talk story”Take time to listen to her stories to separate out her issues and concerns
27“Their surrounding should be as beautiful as possible; a calm peaceful, serene, holy environment is so important. There should be beautiful views, beautiful art, flowers, images of deities and holy beings. The point is to make a positive imprint on the person’s mind. The person’s mind is elevated and they are not afraid to die. “Lama Zopa RinpocheThank You
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