Death and dying in Australia: perceptions of a Sudanese community
Article first published online: 11 AUG 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 67, Issue 12, pages 2696–2702, December 2011
How to Cite
Sneesby, L., Satchell, R., Good, P. and van der Riet, P. (2011), Death and dying in Australia: perceptions of a Sudanese community. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67: 2696–2702. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05775.x
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 11 AUG 2011
- Accepted for publication 24 May 2011
- death and dying;
- palliative care;
sneesby l., satchell r., good p. & van der riet p. (2011) Death and dying in Australia: perceptions of a Sudanese community. Journal of Advanced Nursing67(12), 2696–2702.
Aims. The aims of this study were to obtain information to support Palliative Care healthcare workers to meet the needs of the Sudanese population in death, dying, and bereavement.
Background. Australia is a multicultural society and healthcare workers are faced with increasing numbers and diversity of immigrants to whom healthcare professionals strive to provide quality health care.
Methods. A qualitative interpretive approach was used with data collected from a sample of 15 participants during focus group discussions. Data were collected in 2008–2009, transcribed and analysed.
Results. The main themes and ideas identified in the dialogues were analysed under five main headings – Communication issues including disclosure and consent; Concepts of disease and illness; Attitudes towards medical treatments; Customs surrounding death, dying and bereavement; and Spiritual and religious issues.
Conclusion. The cultures and traditions of African countries vary widely; this study provides a snapshot of the views of a Sudanese African community about death and dying in Australia.