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New Jersey Residents Aren’t Writing Down End Of Life Wishes

Limited awareness of advance care planning documents, palliative care; more widespread knowledge of hospice, study finds BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org Although New Jersey residents say they are comfortable with growing older and talking about their mortality, most have not put their end of life care wishes in writing. More than 60 percent of New Jersey adults have no […]

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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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Which Doctors Should “Own” End Of Life Planning?

This piece was first published in Reuters Health. President Randi Belisomo is a contributor. The duty to guide patients through the end-of-life decision-making process rests squarely upon primary care providers, writes one internist in The New England Journal of Medicine, maintaining that her colleagues should better support seriously ill patients earlier and throughout the course of disease. Susan Tolle, director […]

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