Already a member? Sign in. FebruaryVolume 39 Number 2p 24 - It is important for nurse practitioners to understand their patients' cultural backgrounds to provide competent care at the end of life. Understanding the concepts of various cultures can keep the lines of communication open and help providers elicit asian culture end of life issues necessary information to make the end-of-life experience as comfortable as possible. The origin of culture dates back to the s when Sir Edward Tylor defined it as "knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.