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Table 2 Training Interests in Cross-Cultural Care (N = 204)

From: Cultural competency and sensitivity in the curriculum for palliative care professionals: a survey in Switzerland

  Not at All interested A little interested Rather interested Very interested
Variable N % N % N % N %
Cluster I         
1) How to explore patients’ perceptions of illness, death, treatments and the healthcare system (e.g., role of palliative care) 2 1 13 6.4 46 22.5 143 70.1
2) How to discuss sensitive topics (e.g., end of life, death, intimacy) 6 2.9 17 8.3 50 24.5 131 64.2
Cluster II         
3) How to explore patients and relatives’ expectations 5 2.5 26 12.7 58 28.4 115 56.4
4) How to assess symptoms and pain and investigate their meaning for patients 10 4.9 25 12.3 55 27 114 55.9
5) Health and support networks for precarious patients (e.g., asylum seekers, undocumented migrants) 10 4.9 20 9.8 61 29.9 113 55.4
6) How to involve patients in decision making 7 3.4 27 13.2 58 28.4 112 54.9
7) How to adapt nonverbal communication 8 3.9 38 18.6 47 23 111 54.4
8) Inequality in access to care (e.g., socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic factors) 14 6.9 26 12.7 56 27.5 108 52.9
9) How to adapt speech to the patient’s level of comprehension 6 2.9 38 18.6 53 26 107 52.5
Cluster III         
10) How to break bad news 10 4.9 30 14.7 65 31.9 99 48.5
11) How to collaborate with relatives 7 3.4 38 18.6 64 31.4 95 46.6
12) How to cope with personal stereotypes and their impact on care 18 8.8 34 16.7 61 29.9 91 44.6
13) Historical and socioeconomic conditions of migrant populations in Switzerland 13 6.4 40 19.6 62 30.4 89 43.6
14) How to introduce religion and spirituality 12 5.9 38 18.6 66 32.4 88 43.1
15) Epidemiologic aspects of migration 18 8.8 36 17.6 64 31.4 86 42.2
16) How to collaborate efficiently with professional or nonprofessional interpreters 16 7.8 55 27 69 33.8 64 31.4
17) How to contribute to administrative tasks (e.g., visa application for relatives living abroad) 33 16.2 52 25.5 63 30.9 56 27.5