Cultural competency and sensitivity in the curriculum for palliative care professionals: a survey in Switzerland.

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_ACB777A654AE
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Cultural competency and sensitivity in the curriculum for palliative care professionals: a survey in Switzerland.
Journal
BMC medical education
Author(s)
Weber O., Semlali I., Gamondi C., Singy P.
ISSN
1472-6920 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1472-6920
Publication state
Published
Issued date
04/06/2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
21
Number
1
Pages
318
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: epublish
Abstract
Cultural and linguistic diversity in patients and their relatives represents a challenge for clinical practice in palliative care around the world. Cross-cultural training for palliative care professionals is still scarce, and research can help determine and support the implementation of appropriate training. In Switzerland, health policies address diversity and equity issues, and there is a need for educational research on cross-cultural training in palliative care. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical challenges faced by Swiss palliative care professionals when working with migrant patients and their relatives. We also documented professionals' interests in cross-cultural training.
A web survey of professionals working in specialized palliative care in the French- and Italian-speaking areas of Switzerland investigated clinical challenges with migrant populations and interests in various training opportunities.
A total of 204 individuals responded to the survey, 48.5 % of whom were nurses. The major difficulties they reported were communication impediments associated with patients' linguistic and/or cultural backgrounds. In relation to educational needs, they expressed a particular interest in communication techniques that would allow them to deal with these issues autonomously. The professionals expressed less interest in training on collaborating with other professionals and examining one's own stereotypes.
Palliative care professionals' post-graduate and continuing education must address communication techniques for sensitive palliative and end-of-life topics in cross-cultural contexts. Beginning with their pre-graduate studies, health professionals should assimilate the importance of collaborating with other professionals in complex cross-cultural situations and learn to reflect on their stereotypes and pre-conceptions in clinical practice.
Keywords
Cultural Competency, Curriculum, Humans, Palliative Care, Surveys and Questionnaires, Switzerland, communication, cross-cultural training, cultural competence, cultural sensitivity, palliative care
Pubmed
Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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15/06/2021 15:11
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26/06/2021 6:13
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