Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 56, Issue 5, pp 1655–1657 | Cite as

Breaking and Sharing Bad News in End of Life: The Religious and Culture Matters

  • Mostafa Mostafazadeh-Bora
  • Amin Zarghami
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In the recent issue of the J Relig Health, Kassim and Alias well described the importance of ethics, religion, and law as guidance for medical decision making in the end-of-life decision-making-related issues in a narrative review. Also, the authors highlighted this subject based on various historical and religious prospective. Besides, they truly underlined the undeniable need of medical team’s extra attention to the heterogeneous combination of modern societies nowadays, containing different ethnicities, cultures, and religious in order to modify the sensitivity which resulted in trustworthy enhancement (Kassim and Alias 2016).

One of the most challenging dilemmas facing health care team is how to tell newly diagnosed cancer patients about their disease and future prognosis. Besides, it is well known that cultural- and religious-related issue is one of the important aspects in delivering such bad news. The issue of whether, how, and how much to tell these patients concerning their...


Sociocultural Factor Communication Skill Training Direct Disclosure Diagnose Cancer Patient East Asian Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of NursingIsfahan University of Medical SciencesIsfahanIran
  2. 2.Department of Neurology, Ayatollah Rohani HospitalBabol University of Medical SciencesBabolIran

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