Patients See Demographic Barriers to Advance Care Planning

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2021

The leading barriers to advance care planning is race and sociodemographic differences.  Hospices need to reach out and explain the benefits to planning their healthcare ahead of a catastrophe, especially to people of color.

Studies have shown that advance care planning can reduce hospitalizations and health care costs, boost hospice and palliative care utilization, and help ensure delivery of care that aligns with the patient’s wishes. Racial and cultural divides have been among the barriers providers have wrangled with impeding patient and family access to these services.”

“Advance care planning is a process that requires trust, something that minorities and groups who have experienced health disparities don’t always have in their health care providers or the system,” said Marian Grant, senior regulatory advisor at the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). “Communities who have experienced lack of access or equitable health care are reluctant to put any limits around future care as they, rightly, worry that that will mean even less appropriate care.”

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