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What evidence is available on end-of-life (EOL) care and latino elders? A literature review

TitleWhat evidence is available on end-of-life (EOL) care and latino elders? A literature review
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCruz-Oliver, DM, Talamantes, M, Sanchez-Reilly, S
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice & Palliative MedicineAmerican Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number1049-9091<br/>1938-2715
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2014-03481-012
Keywords*Aging, *Latinos/Latinas, *Palliative Care, end of life care, Latino elders, hospice, Home Care & Hospice [3375], Hospice, Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older)
AbstractBackground: Low-income and minority persons, such as Latinos, encounter substantial barriers in accessing effective end-of-life (EOL) care. This study intends to review current evidence on how to deliver EOL care to Latino elders. Methods: Literature search in PubMed and Ovid Web sites of articles indexed in Medline (1948-2011), Cochrane (2005-2011), Embase, and PsychInfo (1967-2011) databases. Articles were included if they contained (1) study participants' race/ethnicity, (2) adults or population older than 60 years, and (3) information related to EOL care. Results: A total of 64 abstracts were reviewed, and 38 articles met the inclusion criteria. After reviewing the quality of evidence, 4 themes were identified and summarized: EOL preferences, hospice, Latino culture, and caregiving. Conclusion: Latino elders have traditional acculturation practices, face EOL decisions with family support, and, if educated, are receptive toward hospice and caregiver support. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).