Dave Baldridge recently published an article on end of life care programs for American Indians and Alaska Native elders. It can be accessed online at  http://www.chronicdisease.org/?page=Briefs and then clicking on the title “Moving Beyond Paradigm Paralysis: American Indian End-of-Life Care (2011)”.

For some excerpts from his paper, please see below:

“Health care and social services professionals may need to re-examine their assumptions about the end-of-life beliefs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) elders. In light of changing culture and demographics and recent successes with new end-of-life care models for AI/AN populations, long-held but increasingly unjustified assumptions may no longer apply…

Conventional wisdom has long held that Indian elders—especially those couched in traditional belief systems—will not openly discuss issues related to death and dying..

Assumptions about the beliefs of AI/AN elders and their caregivers have not effectively changed for many years. However, AI/AN culture is not a static set of characteristics; it reflects the changing experiences of its members…

As the following case studies show, there are successful programs providing end-of-life and palliative care in Indian Country. Their work shows that this need can be met in ways that appropriately address the wishes of the patient and family”

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