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Type: Journal article
Title: Problematizing "planning ahead": a cross-cultural analysis of Vietnamese health and community workers' perspectives on Advance Care Directives
Author: Nguyen, N.
Zivkovic, T.
De Haas, R.
Faulkner, D.
Citation: Qualitative Health Research, 2021; 31(12):2304-2316
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2021
ISSN: 1049-7323
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Nga Nguyen, Tanya Zivkovic, Rachael de Haas, Debbie Faulkner
Abstract: Informed by values of autonomy and self-determination, advance care planning assumes that individuals should independently take control of their future health. In this article, we draw on research conducted with Vietnamese health and community workers to problematize individualized approaches to planning ahead, reframe notions of “cultural and linguistic barriers,” and expose how homogeneous messages about care at the end of life are not readily translatable within and across diverse groups. Anthropological and feminist critiques of inclusion and exclusion are used to reorientate Anglophone framings of the individual and of cultural and linguistic differences. In this article, we suggest that it is the narrow singularity of care for the self—rather than diverse relationalities of care—that should be overcome if aging and end-of-life care policy and practice is to be broadened and made relevant to migrant and non-English-speaking groups.
Keywords: End-of-life issues; death; dying; culture of health care; minorities; culture; cultural competence; decision-making; immigrants; migrants; equality; inequality; social issues; qualitative; community-based participatory research; Australia
Description: First Published August 7, 2021
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021
DOI: 10.1177/10497323211023453
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