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Culturally safe end-of-life care for First Nations persons living on reserve


Brittney Russell1 MScOT, Graduate

David E Fred2 BA, Co-author

Cary Brown3 PhD, Professor *


1, 2, 3 Department of Occupational Therapy, 2-64 Corbett Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

ACCEPTED: 28 March 2018

early abstract:

End-of-life (EOL) care involves not just the final few days of a person’s life but also incorporates living with a terminal illness over an extended period of time. Importantly, in addition to medical care and relief of physical suffering, it focuses on quality of life, honoring personal healthcare treatment decisions, supporting the family, and psychological, cultural and spiritual concerns for dying people and their families. The goal of this commentary is to raise rehabilitation therapists’ awareness of the need for culturally safe EOL care services for First Nations persons who live on reserve and to identify strategies to help resolve this unmet need.