This literature review explores a series of palliative and hospice care related studies which highlight effective practices and potential barriers within cross-cultural communication among patients, families, and medical staff. Translating from “medical world” to “real world” is often a major barrier in successful caregiving; however, this complexity is substantially increased due to insufficient cultural competencies. The specialized analysis will be conducted in regard to the context of cancer or oncology patient care. Theoretical frameworks, evidence-based training, and thematic insights will be the foundation of proposed future research initiatives.
Keywords: cross-cultural communication, palliative care, hospice care, cultural competencies