Immigrants rely on God, family, home in making end-of-life care decisions

SAN FRANCISCO—When it comes to making end-of-life health care decisions, religion, family and home are powerful influences on many terminally ill Filipino immigrants in America.

This can pose a challenge to providers of palliative care who must deliver comfort care with sensitivity to seriously ill or dying Filipino patients.

“Only God can decide when life ends” is why many seriously ill Filipino immigrant patients and their family members tend to balk at approving advance care directives to physicians, for example.

Advance directives completion rates among patients were a low ten percent, according to one study, most probably due to their religious belief that illness is pre-destined, thus making the directives pointless.

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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