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A Passage to a Good Death: End of Life Care for Asian Americans

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Abstract

The present chapter discusses end of life care issues that are important to Asian Americans. This chapter takes on the challenge of identifying some cross-cutting themes in the growing scholarship addressing death and end of life care among Asian Americans. The authors set the context for the discussion of end of life among Asian Americans by recognizing that end of life issues within American hospitals and its caregivers are subject to the constraints and benefits of the highly technological US healthcare system. Key concepts mobilized in end of life care (e.g. comfort care, palliative care, hospice) are identified and discussed, as well as reviewing recent research on these topics in Asian American populations. Disclosure practices and pain management are also included in this chapter.

Keywords

Palliative Care Filial Piety Life Care Hospice Care Comfort Care 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social WorkCalifornia State University, East BayHaywardUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine, Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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