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When cultures clash: physician, patient, and family wishes in truth disclosure for dying patients. J Palliat Med 2001;4(4):475-80

Date

01/19/2002

Pubmed ID

11798479

DOI

10.1089/109662101753381610

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-0035667019   43 Citations

Abstract

We describe two cases involving male foreign nationals (a Chinese and a Georgian) treated in a U.S. hospital. Both patients had terminal illnesses, and both cases involved clashes between families and the treating physicians, which occurred because of differing cultural beliefs about truth disclosure. Based on the specific backgrounds of these two patients, we discuss ethical and cultural considerations and make suggestions for physicians who care for ethnically diverse patients.

Author List

Lapine A, Wang-Cheng R, Goldstein M, Nooney A, Lamb G, Derse AR

Authors

Arthur R. Derse MD, JD Director, Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Geoffrey C. Lamb MD Vice Chair, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Aged
Attitude of Health Personnel
Attitude to Death
Beneficence
China
Cultural Characteristics
Family
Freedom
Georgia (Republic)
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Neoplasms
Personal Autonomy
Physician-Patient Relations
Truth Disclosure
United States