A nurse in the United States volunteers to join a medical mission to teach local health care workers how to provide palliative care services in India. Discuss what aspects of palliative care will be most culturally acceptable, and what barriers the nurse will face in teaching and providing care.
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln
This statement begins the chapter on end of life care. Discuss what is meant by the life in your years. How would health care professionals manage end of life care differently for people in a culture that values long life even if quality of life is less optimal.
There is discussion in Chapter 6 about the vast number of people who do not have palliative care at end of life. Discuss what nurses, acting as change agents and/or a political body, can do to improve knowledge of and access to palliative care in developing countries.