New Jersey Study Reveals Racial Disparities in Hospice Referrals

Posted Saturday, April 23, 2022

According to a recent study conducted by Rutgers University, race and socioeconomic status have a large bearing on access to palliative and hospice care in New Jersey.

“African-American and Hispanic patients had “significantly lower odds” of receiving a hospice referral or an inpatient palliative care consultation compared to Caucasians, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care Nursing.  Additionally, patients with a primary language other than English were increasingly less likely to receive a hospice referral, as well as those who had a lower middle-income economic status.”

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