A literature review on end-of-life care among Korean Americans.
BACKGROUND::The increasing population of Korean Americans in the US makes it mandatory to develop and provide culturally competent end-of-life (EOL) care for this population. AIMS::To synthesize previous studies on Korean Americans and their end-of-life (EOL) care. METHOD::Four databases (Cinahl, PsycInfo, PubMed, and SocIndex) were searched and 11 articles were selected for review. RESULTS::Korean Americans tend to avoid EOL communication, and instead hope that their families would know about their wishes, without discussing them directly. Korean Americans consider advance directives unnecessary, and only a few Korean Americans use advance directives to lessen the burden of their family's decision-making. Many Korean Americans are unaware of what EOL care provides, which may explain why they seldom use it. CONCLUSION::Providers should discuss EOL care with Korean Americans and tell them what it entails. However, the discussion should be culturally tailored and involve family members whenever possible.
K Park, H-Y; C Hendrix, C
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