Can You See Your Own Cultural Bias?
The High Cost of Cultural Misunderstandings
Lack or misunderstanding of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options, low health literacy and cultural/language barriers all combine to limit access to palliative care for Latinos. Lack of palliative care leads to poorer quality of life for patients with severe chronic conditions and higher health care costs. All of these issues can lead to unnecessary readmissions and even clinical errors.
Honoring Differences While Improving Care
The Institute’s new online course Culturally Competent Palliative Care of Latinos is designed to teach physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and anyone working with the Latino community how to appropriately support the “whole” person as well as their family and friends.