Underutilization of Hospice Care in Older Black Americans
The proposed project will recruit a nationally representative cohort of older Black adults to evaluate their knowledge of hospice, opinions of hospice, and self-efficacy in making decisions about hospice care. Additionally, the study will evaluate if a hospice-specific patient decision aid could improve hospice knowledge, opinions, and self-efficacy in making decisions about hospice care.
“I’ve seen over my personal and professional lives how communities of color and aging populations fall through the cracks of our healthcare system. This is especially true at the end of life when people are most vulnerable. My goal is to partner with underrepresented communities to improve knowledge of palliative care, access to services and enrollment in palliative care services. I am a firm believer in the value of palliative care, but I recognize that hospice and palliative care are not the best treatment option for everyone. My goal is to provide everyone with the knowledge and agency to make end of life decisions right for them.”