The utility of a connecting framework to facilitate understanding of and reduce the disparities in hospice care experienced by racial and ethnic minorities Academic Article uri icon


  • Rapidly changing demographics in the United States and diverse cultural beliefs impact hospice utilization and end-of-life care. Healthcare professionals and clinicians need a connecting framework to understand patients' and their family's perspectives regarding utilization of those services. This framework will assist healthcare workers in providing culturally sensitive and appropriate information to patients nearing the end of life, so that they and their loved ones can make informed decisions for optimal care during this passage of life. Considering the variables in this framework may also help facilitate communication between healthcare professionals and patients and reduce misunderstanding among the surviving family members.

author list (cited authors)

  • Chilton, J. A., Wong-Kim, E. C., Guidry, J. J., Gor, B. J., & Jones, L. A.

complete list of authors

  • Chilton, JA||Wong-Kim, EC||Guidry, JJ||Gor, BJ||Jones, LA

publication date

  • October 2008