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Barriers to hospice use and palliative care services use by African American adults

TitleBarriers to hospice use and palliative care services use by African American adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsYancu, CN, Farmer, DF, Leahman, D
JournalAm J Hosp Palliat CareAm J Hosp Palliat Care
Date PublishedJun
ISBN Number1938-2715 (Electronic)<br/>1049-9091 (Linking)
Accession Number19861706
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Advance Directives/ethnology, African Americans, Aged, Attitude to Death/ethnology, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Hospices/ utilization, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, North Carolina, Palliative Care/ utilization, Patient Acceptance of Health Care/ ethnology
AbstractThis study explored the reasons for low levels of hospice participation by African Americans. METHODS: Data about attitudes toward dying and death, advanced directives, and barriers to using hospice services were collected from 314 adults attending 11 diversely populated churches in North Carolina. RESULTS: Almost all participants indicated (91%) willingness to use hospice, particularly if the hospice team were diverse (77%). Most are without a living will (72%) or health care power of attorney (81%); approximately half (54%) have shared final care wishes. Discussion: Despite evidence of a willingness to use hospice, African Americans were unlikely to complete advanced directives or share final care wishes. However, many were more likely to use hospice if the care team were diverse suggesting the importance of culture.
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