Understanding How Culture Intersects with Death and Dying
Collaborative decision making involving ethical issues is a complex process of communication and negotiation between all parties. Central to this process is how medical information is understood in light of the values, beliefs, roles and identities of the patient, their family, and members of the health care team. Culture--the organizing framework around which shared values, beliefs, and practices are constructed--is an important influence on the processes involved in reaching a decision. It is important to realize that the medical world has its own culture that influences the way the health care professional understands and interprets medical and ethical situations.
The goal of ethics consultation is to assist an individual, family, and the health care team to find a common ground to participate in shared or collaborative decision-making. This process of negotiation requires not only ascertaining which values are in operation for both the patient or family and the health care providers, but also to seek an understanding of the intentions behind these values. The objective would then be to seek creative solutions that meet the underlying goals for care.
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