Feb / Mar / Apr 2018 Newsletter

Racial Disparity Gap in End-of-Life Care Narrowing, but Improvements in Overall Care Needed

Although family perceptions of the quality of care received by both black and white patients in the last month of life did not differ by race among those cared for by hospice, fewer black patients than whites were enrolled in hospice between 2011 and 2015. Further, black patients overall were more likely than whites to die in the hospital, particularly in an ICU, and less likely to die at home, according to a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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