Principles and practice of palliative care across cultures and age groups

Meaghann Weaver, Ann Berger

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This chapter introduces the practices upheld by palliative care as patient-centered and family-inclusive approaches that span not just diagnoses, but also cultures and ages. In recognizing a patient not simply as an autonomous individual but instead as a complex being formed by family, community, and culture; palliative care teams are able to attentively personalize and contextualize care relevant to a patient’s needs. Essential palliative care principles relevant to all cultures and ages include: Personalizing dignity, maintaining hope for healing, bearing witness, honoring agency, and standing in solidarity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPalliative Care
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives, Practices and Impact on Quality of Life. A Global View, Volume 1
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781536121032
ISBN (Print)9781536120844
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Communication
  • Palliative care
  • Population health
  • Value-driven care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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