The complexities of communicating palliative care in chinese-based languages

Margaret O’Connor, Edward Wing Hong Poon, Joan Chiung Yin Hsu

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Chinese-based cultures have many distinctive traditions associated with the end of life, including limitations around the use of language. As in Western countries, palliative care services have developed in Chinese-based cultures in response to local needs. Language too has developed locally with little agreement on how palliative care is titled and described. This opinion paper raises the many complexities in endeavouring to understand how palliative care is portrayed in Chinese-based cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-87
Number of pages3
JournalProgress in Palliative Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Chinese culture
  • Chinese language and traditions
  • Palliative care

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