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Research Letter
October 9, 2017

Association of Racial Differences With End-of-Life Care Quality in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 2Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 4Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 5Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
JAMA Intern Med. Published online October 9, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.4793

Prior studies have identified racial disparities in multiple areas of end-of-life care, including symptom management, communication, and clinical outcome.1 Recent efforts to improve palliative care and hospice services may help reduce these disparities.2,3 We investigated whether racial differences in the quality of end-of-life care persist in the United States.

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