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

Kiros Hiruy, Lillian Mwanri

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)187-197
    Number of pages11
    JournalNursing Ethics
    Volume21
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

    Keywords

    • African migrants
    • Afro-communitarian ethics
    • cultural competence
    • end-of-life care

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