Oral Presentation COSA-IPOS Joint Scientific Meeting 2012

A challenge for psycho-oncologist working in a multicultural clinical context: dealing and responding appropriately to elderly patients and relatives ways of coping and distress. (#83)

Darius Razavi 1
  1. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium


Lea Baider case presentation of a 85 years old man with a metastatic prostate cancer and of his wife, children and grandchildren reactions, will be an opportunity to discuss - beside theoretical hypothesis - appropriate multidisciplinary interventions.


After having recalled the numerous theoretical frameworks needed to understand the dynamic of the clinical problems presented (i.e. ageing, loss of autonomy, dependence, distress, anxiety, collective coping, protective role, caregiving, defensive idealization, splitting, acculturation), suggestions about needed interventions will be presented: culturally adjusted and personalized communication with the patient, his wife, children and grandchildren (form and content), communication with the staff (form and content).


This presentation will allow an in depth discussion about the transfer to clinical settings of theories, concepts and results of empirical studies on communication and care organization in highly emotional and multicultural contexts.


Case presentation during a workshop at an international meeting is an opportunity to discuss the difficulties to implement in a multicultural clinical setting, recommendations derived from pertinent research and relevant literature.