Advance Care Planning: Training and Providing an Anthropological Critique of Cultural Competence to Health Care Professionals


  • Cortney Hughes Rinker George Mason University
  • Megumi Inoue George Mason University
  • Rebecca Vargas-Jackson George Mason University



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