End-of-Life Decision Making Across Cultures

Description: Blank’s 2011 article, “End-of-Life Decision Making Across Cultures” provides a comparative analysis of end-of-life decision-making in twelve countries. The author provides demographic information. He, then, summarizes the differences by country of the cost of dying, use of advanced directives, acceptance of euthanasia, and definition of brain death.

AACN Domain(s): Health Policy; Ethics; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Format: Article

Audience: Baccalaureate Level; Graduate Level; Nursing Faculty

Cost: Available from the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Tips and Suggestions: Blank’s article can provide foundational teaching related to global health and health policy in the serious illness and end-of-life care arena. The twelve questions that the author used to look at the different countries could be the starting point for population comparisons in the classroom. Of note, the article was published in 2011 and health policy may have changed since then.

Citation: Blank, R. H. (2011). End-of-Life Decision Making across Cultures. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 39(2), 201–214. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-720X.2011.00589.x