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Dealing with cultural diversity in palliative care
  1. Stefaan Six,
  2. Johan Bilsen and
  3. Reginald Deschepper
  1. Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group, Dpt. of Public Health, Vrije Universiteit Brussel—Brussels Health Campus, Brussel, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Stefaan Six, Public Health, Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Brussels Health Campus, Brussel 1090, Belgium; stefaan.six{at}


Palliative care is increasingly confronted with cultural diversity. This can lead to various problems in practice. In this perspective article, the authors discuss in more detail which issues play a role in culture-sensitive palliative care, why naive culturalism will not solve such problems and in which direction research into this aspect of care can be further elaborated.

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  • Contributors The authors of this article have each reviewed the other authors work and co-contributed as editors internally to the piece. SS and RD, both medical anthropologists, wrote the majority of the article with comments and review from JB, who offered the perspective of a public health scientist. All authors have multiple publications on topics in palliative care research and psychosocial aspects of care and share the responsibility of the overall content as guarantors.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.