Faith Impacts End Of Life Care Among African-Americans, Study Finds

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 life-decision-making.

Churches, according to a research team led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Jerry Johnson, could become an instrument to improve vital communication between African-American patients, their families and health care providers.

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