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Bioethics, cultural differences and the problem of moral disagreements in end-Of-life care : a terror management theory

Johnstone, Megan-Jane 2012, Bioethics, cultural differences and the problem of moral disagreements in end-Of-life care : a terror management theory, Journal of medicine and philosophy, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 181-200, doi: 10.1093/jmp/jhs009.

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Title Bioethics, cultural differences and the problem of moral disagreements in end-Of-life care : a terror management theory
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Journal name Journal of medicine and philosophy
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Start page 181
End page 200
Total pages 20
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Cary, N.C.
Publication date 2012-02
ISSN 0360-5310
Keyword(s) bioethics
terror management theory
moral disagreement
end-of-life care
culture
Summary Cultural differences in end-of-life care and the moral disagreements these sometimes give rise to have been well documented. Even so, cultural considerations relevant to end-of-life care remain poorly understood, poorly guided, and poorly resourced in health care domains. Although there has been a strong emphasis in recent years on making policy commitments to patient-centred care and respecting patient choices, persons whose minority cultural worldviews do not fit with the worldviews supported by the conventional principles of western bioethics face a perpetual struggle in getting their care needs met in a meaningful, safe, and healing way. In this essay, attention is given to exploring why cultural differences exist, why they matter, and how health care providers should treat them in order to reduce the incidence and impact of otherwise preventable harmful moral outcomes in end-of-life care. In addressing these questions, a novel application of the renowned terror management theory will be made.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/jmp/jhs009
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Oxford University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045862

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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