Cross-cultural communication and use of the family meeting in palliative care

Rashmi K. Sharma, Sydney M. Dy

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Terminally-ill patients and their families often report poor communication and limited understanding of the patient's diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan; these deficits can be exacerbated by cross-cultural issues. Although family meetings are frequently recommended to facilitate provider-family communication, a more structured, evidence-based approach to their use may improve outcomes. Drawing on research and guidelines from critical care, palliative care, and cross-cultural communication, we propose a framework for conducting family meetings with consideration for cross-cultural issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-444
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011


  • communication
  • cross-cultural
  • family meeting
  • palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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