# 216 Asking about Cultural Beliefs in Palliative Care
- September 22, 2014
- Support Groups
Medical College of Wisconsin (EPERC)
Background: Patients’ cultural backgrounds profoundly influence their preferences and needs regarding discussing bad news, decision-making, and the dying experience. This Fast Fact offers a framework for taking a ‘cultural history’ to better understand a patient’s and family’s needs. See also these related Fast Facts: #17 (illness experience), #19 (spiritual history), #26 (explanatory model), #183 & 184 (conflict resolution).
June 2009; 216
Authors: Hillary Lum MD, PhD and Robert Arnold MD