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

BY DANIEL GAITAN | 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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Faith Impacts End Of Life Care Among African-Americans, Study Finds

Compared with other racial and ethnic groups, African-Americans are among the most religious. BY DANIEL GAITAN | Faith, distrust of the medical system and family dynamics discourage many seriously ill African-Americans from choosing hospice and palliative care services. A new study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine highlights the effects of church– the spiritual center for many African-Americans– on end of […]

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End Of Life Care Among African-Americans Focus Of Medical Journal

LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF Journal of Palliative Medicine examines factors that impact how African-Americans approach advance care planning The Journal of Palliative Medicine highlights new approaches for improving end of life care among African-Americans. Guest editor Ronit Elk gathered a series of editorials and original research articles aiming to challenge clinicians’ assumptions about the relationship between African-Americans and advance health care planning. […]

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Organ Donation: Addressing Concerns Of African-Americans

BY DANIEL GAITAN | An organ procurement organization is working to familiarize African-Americans with the donation process. Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, which services Illinois and northwest Indiana, launched the “Lasting Legacy” campaign. The organization hopes to dispel myths and misconceptions about the practice. Historically, African-Americans donate organs at a much lower rate […]

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