End-of-Life Decision Making across Cultures
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2011
© 2011 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 201–214, Summer 2011
How to Cite
Blank, R. H. (2011), End-of-Life Decision Making across Cultures. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 39: 201–214. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2011.00589.x
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2011
Even more so than in other areas of medicine, issues at the end of life elucidate the importance of religion and culture, as well as the role of the family and other social structures, in how these issues are framed. This article presents an overview of the variation in end-of-life treatment issues across 12 highly disparate countries. It finds that many assumptions held in the western bioethics literature are not easily transferred to other cultural settings.