Attitudes of Asian-Indian Hindus toward end-of-life care

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Jan;53(1):131-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2005.53025.x.


The population of older adults in the United States is increasing in cultural diversity. Thus, an appreciation of cultural perspectives regarding end-of-life care may benefit practicing physicians. This article addresses end-of-life care issues from the perspective of Hinduism--a faith embraced by a growing demographic of the U.S. population-and also reviews basic Hindu philosophical concepts salient to caring for patients at the end of life.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Female
  • Hinduism*
  • Humans
  • India / ethnology
  • Male
  • Philosophy
  • Terminal Care*
  • United States