The 'Other' in End-of-life Care: Providers' Understandings of Patients with Migrant Backgrounds
2016 (English)In: Journal of Intercultural Studies, ISSN 0725-6868, E-ISSN 1469-9540, Vol. 37, no 2, 103-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Research on how end-of-life care providers make sense of cultural, ethnic and religious diversity is relatively scarce. This article explores end-of-life care providers' understandings of patients with migrant backgrounds through a study based on focus group interviews. The analysis brings to the fore three themes: the expectation that the existence of difference and uncertainty is a given when caring for patients with migrant backgrounds; the expectation that the extension of responsibility that difference entails creates a variety of dilemmas; and the expectation that difference will bring about misunderstandings and that patients' needs can go unmet as a result of this. On the basis of these themes we suggest that the end-of-life care providers interviewed regard patients with migrant backgrounds as Others' and themselves as providers that cannot deliver so called culture-competent care. The findings are problematised using the lens that the debate on patient-centredness offers. The article suggests that if the uniqueness of all patients is to be seriously taken into account then Othering' is perhaps what patient-centredness actually entails.
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2016. Vol. 37, no 2, 103-117 p.
Migration, end-of-life care, culture-competent care, patient-centredness, religious diversity, cultural diversity, otherness
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300324DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2016.1141756ISI: 000373925900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300324DiVA: diva2:951260