SAN JOSE, Calif.–Major misperceptions about palliative and hospice care persist in immigrant communities, including the Indian American community, according to palliative care health professionals.
“It is a major concern that those in immigrant communities equate palliative care services with near death and end-of-life treatments,” said Suresh Reddy, M.D., section chief and director of education of the Department of Symptom Control and Palliative Care at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
“And a lot of [Asian immigrants] don’t even want to hear the term hospice. They definitely view that as a death place,” he said. More.