Development of the Blackfeet Community Hospice Project: Pilot Workshop

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Taboo perception on talking about death and dying among American Indians/Alaska Natives is prevalent. This suppressive value makes hospice introduction difficult, leading hospice disparity. Working together by using a community-based participatory research approach over a decade, we conducted a 6-hour workshop including information sharing and group activities. The purpose of the study was to investigate the community readiness for end-of-life knowledge by conducting a public workshop. We used pre- and post-workshop surveys with Likert-type responses to five questions to assess the effect of workshop in end-of-life knowledge. Thirty individuals participated the workshop; 80% of them reported their knowledge increase on at least one question. While the survey had concerns, positive participant responses indicated readiness and appropriateness to use workshops to increase end-of-life knowledge.


Yoshiko Colclough et al, Development of the Blackfeet Community Hospice Project: Pilot Workshop, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine® (, ) pp. . Copyright © 2022. DOI: 10.1177/10499091221121814. Users who receive access to an article through a repository are reminded that the article is protected by copyright and reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses. Users may also download and save a local copy of an article accessed in an institutional repository for the user's personal reference. For permission to reuse an article, please follow our Process for Requesting Permission.


American Indians/Alaska Natives, end-of-life, health disparity, hospice, workshop


Colclough, Y., & Brown, G. M. (2022). Development of the Blackfeet Community Hospice Project: Pilot Workshop. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®, 10499091221121814.
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