A Concept Analysis in relation to the Cultural Competency of the Palliative Care Workforce in Meeting the Needs of Young People from South Asian Cultures

Erica Brown, Jane Coad, Anita Franklin

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Although recent UK and European health and social care policy and legislation has expressed a commitment towards making services equitable and accessible to families from BAME cultures, it is apparent that members of South Asian communities may be particularly vulnerable to inequalities in respect of palliative care. The paper clarifies the meanings of cultural competency and identifies within nursing and health-related literature how the cultural competency of the palliative care workforce impacts on the holistic care of young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions from South Asian cultures. The paper concludes the concept of cultural competency is complex, multi-faceted and often expressed ambiguously. There is an urgent need to develop a robust tool to assess cultural competency in practice so that the concept is understood as universally integral to healthcare, irrespective of a person’s race or ethnicity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-227
Number of pages8
JournalPalliative and Supportive Care
Issue number2
Early online date24 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018



  • concept analysis
  • young people
  • life-limiting conditions South Asian cultures
  • cultural competency
  • palliative care workforce

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