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Racial and ethnic differences in end-of-life care in the United States: evidence from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS)

Orlovic, Martina, Smith, Katharine and Mossialos, Elias (2018) Racial and ethnic differences in end-of-life care in the United States: evidence from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). SSM - Population Health, 7. ISSN 2352-8273

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.100331

Abstract

Population ageing poses considerable challenges to the provision of quality end-of-life care. The population of the United States is increasingly diverse, making it imperative to design culturally sensitive end-of-life care interventions. We examined participants of the Health and Retirement Study, who died between 2002 and 2014, to examine racial and ethnic differences in end-of-life care utilization and end-of-life planning in the United States. Our study reveals significant disparities in end-of-life care and planning among studied groups. Findings reveal that racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to die in hospital and less likely to engage in end-of-life planning activities. The observed disparities are still significant but have been narrowing between 2002 and 2014. Efforts to reduce these differences should target both medical professionals and diverse 2 communities to ensure that improved models of care acknowledge heterogeneous values and needs of a culturally diverse US population.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/ssm-population-h...
Additional Information: © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Sets: Departments > Health Policy
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 11:38
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 12:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/91030

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