Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Racial Divide & Informed Decision-Making


Dr. Joseph Sacco’s piece in the August 7 NY Times Science section makes about as good a case as any I’ve seen or heard that palliative care specialists are almost uniquely qualified to engage the most complex conversations on pain and end-of-life care.

Sacco writes of research findings that "upend the conventional view of preferences for care among blacks. ... What made the difference? Providing patients and their families useful information in plain English, with compassion and clarity, enabling them to make choices in keeping with their desires and beliefs.”
See the full story, a keeper for those passionate about disenfranchised communities and the end-of-life dialogue, here.

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