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Justin Sanders

Let’s Stop Assuming All African-Americans Want The Same End Of Life Care

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org Medical providers must not treat African-Americans as a homologous group with similar religious beliefs and end of life care wishes, according to researcher Keisha Ray. Ray, a postdoctoral research fellow at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics in Houston, said the tendency of many physicians to avoid serious discussions about death and dying with minority patients has contributed to […]

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Overcoming Barriers To Advance Care Planning Among African-Americans

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org African-Americans receive worse end of life care and are far less likely to participate in advance care planning than whites. Unfortunately, clinicians and researchers often fail to recognize the numerous, interconnected factors influencing advance care planning among African-Americans, according to Dr. Justin Sanders, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Sanders […]

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