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Special Issue of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry: Cultural Competence in Action

We would like to draw your attention to a special issue of the journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry that focuses on the issue of cultural competence in healthcare.

The issue examines how concepts of cultural competence are operationalised in teaching interventions. Of particular interest to our international readership is the inclusion of a case study from Canada and an essay from a German clinical educator, illustrating how cultural competency approaches, which originated in the US, can be adapted to different countries and settings.

Candy Chang: Before I die I want to…

Artist Candy Chang’s reflections on death inspired her to create a rather unique community art project – with some interesting results….


Still/Here (1997)

The dance ‘Still/Here’ was created by the dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones based on a series on workshops he conducted across America with people suffering from terminal illnesses.

The workshops allowed participants to share their stories, hopes and fears and express themselves through movement.

The footage of these workshops shown in the documentary reveals participants tentatively producing movements to reflect their biographies or describing spontaneous movements, with often poetic results.

Workshop participants words and movements were incorporated into the dance Still/Here and interpreted by professional dancers.
If the below video fails to load – the documentary can be accessed here

Short movies promoting palliative care

We would like to bring to your attention an American project promoting palliative care. The joint venture between the Lien Foundation, IASP, Mayday Foundation, UICC and the Institute for Palliative Medicine in San Diego has released one of fifty short movies on ‘life before death’ every week since May 2011. For further information click on the link below:


We would like to hear your opinions about the movies – please leave comments below.

The Hospice Foundation of America – Culture

The Hospice Foundation of America has its own blog which has a great section on culture. The culture posts mostly deal with disparities in hospice use by ethnic group.

Diversity and End-of-Life Care – Hospice Foundation of America

Diversity and End-of-Life Care – Hospice Foundation of America

The Hospice Foundation of America broadcast the 2009 National Bereavement Teleconference “Diversity and End of Life Care” on April 29th 2009.  For more information about how to access resources produced for the conference, click here.