Film Shows How Cultural Differences Can Affect Patient Care
“Hold Your Breath,” a documentary on the challenges of multicultural health care, will have its Omaha premier at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25.
Presented by the Creighton University Center for Health Policy & Ethics (CHPE) in partnership with Nebraska Educational Television, the showing will take place at the Hixson-Lied Science Building, room G4, located on the Creighton campus at 27th and Burt streets. The event is free to the public.
The film follows the dramatic and tragic journey of Mohammad Kochi, an older Afghani refugee living in California. Kochi, who is dying of gastric cancer, must navigate the twists and turns his health care takes as his Islamic world and deep faith in Allah collide with western medicine’s scientific focus.
Directed by Maren Grainger-Monsen, M.D., and Julia Haslett, the 2005 documentary is the first in what will be an annual CHPE event, titled “Film Program on Healthcare Ethics, Justice, and Culture.”
The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring health care experts, including staff of Creighton’s Cancer Counseling Program, a Creighton pharmacy professor and a Stanford University faculty member who participated in the filming of “Hold Your Breath.” For more information, call (402) 280-2017.
For information and educational resources, visit http://chpe.creighton.edu/chpe/holdyourbreath.htm online.