Culturally congruent end-of-life care for jewish patients and their families
This qualitative study was conducted to determine cultural influences in end-of-life care among Jewish people. The conceptual framework for this study was drawn from Leininger's culture care theory. Informants consisted of 16 professional caregivers, family members, and rabbis who had experience with end-of-life care for Jewish patients. Interviews using open-ended and focused questions were used to gather informants’ descriptions of their generic values, beliefs, and practices. Findings revealed the strong influence of religious, cultural, and historical factors in caring. Sanctity of life and life promotion are central to Judaism. Caring is a communal obligation that unites the family and community into a cohesive unit. Attitudes toward death are influenced by beliefs about afterlife and suffering. The value put on expert knowledge influences patients’ and family members’ expectations of professional caregivers. Similarities and differences were noted among different groups of informants. © 2001, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.
Journal of Transcultural Nursing
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Bonura, Denise; Fender, Mary; Roesler, Maria; and Pacquiao, Dula F., "Culturally congruent end-of-life care for jewish patients and their families" (2001). Kean Publications. 2754.