Palliative care for Chinese immigrants in New Zealand: experiences and perceptions


  • Jin Tian Division of Oncology, Shijiazhuang Ping’an Hospital
  • Shuqiang An Division of Surgical Transplantation, Nº 1 Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University
  • Wei Yuan Division of Education and Research, Shijiazhuang Ping’an Hospital


Over the past several decades, palliative care has seen tremendous development in Western countries, but there is still inadequate access to palliative care among non-dominant ethnocultural groups. The Chinese have been the largest immigrant group in New Zealand since the 19th century(1). They have unique beliefs and practices around illness, death, dying and filial piety(2). These differ greatly from those in Western cultures and have notable implications for hospice palliative care planning and provision. However, immigrant Chinese community remains a relatively marginalised and under-researched group in palliative care(3-5). This results in limited knowledge about its culture and people among health professionals, as well as the lack of experience in providing terminal care to Chinese immigrants. Through the introduction of New Zealand Palliative Care Strategy and the analysis of Chinese immigrants’ difficulties and preferences for palliative care, this aims to increase understanding of how cultural values of Chinese affect their acceptance and decision-making with respect to palliative care so that for efficiently providing palliative care to this ethnic minority group in New Zealand.


palliative care, Chinese immigrants, perceptions, recommendations