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End-of-life care - Racial and ethnic differences

Two years after the Terry Schiavo case sparked a national debate on death and dying, the California HealthCare Foundation released a comprehensive survey in late 2006 about end-of-life care in California. The study found a significant disconnect between what people describe as their most important end-of-life wishes and whether they have precisely expressed those wishes to family members and others close to them.

On the first day of Health Journalism 2007, the foundation released a companion study that focuses on racial and ethnic differences at the end of life. This study highlights the wide range of opinion and experience with end-of-life care in the nation’s most populous and diverse state. It also includes specific recommendations about how to improve end-of-life care.

  • Mark D. Smith, president/CEO, California HealthCare Foundation

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