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OP46 Talking about life and death – using films in intercultural palliative care
  1. G Boland
  1. Pharos, Utrecht, Netherlands


Background The number of first generation migrants needing care in the final phase of life is growing. However, they make little use of care facilities and support, while they do need it. Care providers feel insufficiently capable to provide good care to this group.

Method Based on research by Roukayya Oueslati (LUMC, publication pending) the Pharos short films ‘Conversations about life and death’ show situations from the last phase of life of a patient with a migration background and their immediate family members. The films are available in four languages at

The films show multiple perspectives and therefore every family member, including the patient can identify. Watching the films in a migrant gathering or information meeting, in a family setting, or possibly together with a care provider, provides a good opening for a conversation about the needs, fears, and wishes of a patient. The films can be viewed as a whole, or in fragments (of just a few minutes), e.g. the fragment about disclosure or about pain relief.

Results We see that the films are conversation starters for both migrants and care providers. People are informed about supportive care and realize they can make choices.

Conclusions Pharos wants these films to be seen by many more people and ‘spreads the word’. We would love to show the films at the congress, provide translation in English on the spot, and discuss their usefulness with the public.

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