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Linguistic Challenges in Palliative Care

May 21, 2019

Palliative care is often mistaken for hospice care. Add cultural and linguistic differences to that misunderstanding, and you have a very challenging situation for healthcare translators and interpreters.

In this webinar, Clinical Social Worker Jessica Goldhirsch will introduce attendees to palliative care within the context of a serious medical illness. Her presentation will cover the cultural, linguistic, and ethical challenges from the perspective of Western medicine.

During her presentation, Jessica will also share stories from her experiences working with palliative care patients in a hospital setting.

What will you learn?

  • Differences between palliative and hospice care
  • Common misconceptions
  • Value as a field within the healthcare system
  • Some common cultural barriers in palliative and end-of-life care
  • Clarification of specialized terms used in this specialty

About the presenter

Jessica Goldhirsch, LCSW, MSW, MPH is a licensed clinical social worker with the Brigham and Women’s/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s inpatient adult palliative care consult service.

Her interest in and commitment to linguistic and cultural access to health care were realized when she became Manager of Patient Advocacy and Interpreter Services in 1997. The position gave her the chance to build an interpreter services department in a community hospital which served a large number of immigrant and refugee patients.

Jessica currently teaches staff interpreters about palliative care and trains palliative care clinicians to work effectively with medical interpreters.

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May 21, 2019
Event Category:
Presenter(s): Jessica Goldhirsch
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenting Language(s): Presented in English
Level: All

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