AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

For Minority Physicians

Minority patients less interested in hospice care, study says

Minority patients less interested in hospice care, study says

Racial and ethnic minorities are less likely than white patients to choose palliative care in the last six months of life, a new study has found.

The study, published in The American Heart Journal, states that minority patients were 20 percent less likely than white patients to enroll in hospice care and 40 percent more likely to disenroll. Previous research has indicated that minority patients prefer more aggressive end-of-life treatment than white patients, even after hospice care has been chosen.

View a story by American Medical News examining the study.

Attend this year's National Medical Association annual meeting

Join your colleagues in attending the National Medical Association's (NMA) annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, which will take place July 28–Aug. 1 in New Orleans. Network with other physicians, participate in hands-on activities and attend seminars addressing critical concerns for a variety of medical specialties.

The AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) strongly encourages physicians to attend this meeting to further enhance their clinical knowledge and to take full advantage of specialty workshop sessions. Be sure to stop by the AMA-MAS exhibit booth to learn more about the section's initiatives.

Also, the AMA-MAS and NMA are sponsoring an AMA Doctors Back to School™ event July 28 at Xavier University in New Orleans in conjunction with the NMA Conference Walk a Mile with A Child program. Email Abu Muhammad of the AMA for more information.