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Is there a color line in death? An examination of end-of-life care in the African American community

TitleIs there a color line in death? An examination of end-of-life care in the African American community
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHazin, R, Giles, CA
JournalJ Natl Med AssocJ Natl Med Assoc
Volume103
Pagination609-13
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number0027-9684 (Print)<br/>0027-9684 (Linking)
Accession Number21999036
KeywordsAfrican Continental Ancestry Group, Communication, Culture, Hospices, Humans, Pain Management, Palliative Care, Spirituality, Terminal Care
AbstractAlthough the goals of end-of-life care and hospice are to mitigate suffering and improve quality of life for patients with terminal illnesses, they remain underutilized by a significant number of African Americans. While sociocultural issues play a role in the underutilization of these resources among African Americans, other confounding factors affect the ability of African Americans to adequately access quality care at the end of life. Here, the authors examine the various barriers preventing increased use of hospice care and palliative therapy among African Americans. A particular focus of this examination will revolve around suggestions for increasing the use of end-of-life care among African Americans in the future.
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