Rutgers University Study Finds Racial Differences in End-of-Life Planning

A study by Deborah Carr, a professor of sociology at Rutgers University, finds that older Blacks are far less likely than their White peers to plan for end-of-life medical care.

The data shows that two thirds of older White adults have a living will compared to just 25 percent of older Blacks. Some 85 percent of chronically ill older Whites have discussed how much medical intervention they would want when they are nearing death compared to 59 percent of chronically ill older Blacks.

The study was published in the journal Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying. The article can be accessed here.

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