Revista Salud Uninorte
versão On-line ISSN 2011-7531
End-of-life care decisions are challenging for most people and cultural beliefs may facilitate or hinder such decisions. Advance care planning provides a venue to interact with and communicate to healthcare professionals a person's documented health and medical treatment wishes at end of life. Open communication, cultural accommodation, and mutual understanding among the healthcare provider, patient, andfamily are key to effective advance care planning. This article discusses how Hispanic / Latino people address end-of-life care and what cultural aspects are especially relevant for this population. The nurse's role in assisting Hispanics / Latinos with advanced care planning is presented at various levels of the nursing professional spectrum.
Palavras-chave : End of life; decision making; Hispanic-Latinos; nursing; advance care planning.