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Updated April 22, 2004

The Program in Bioethics at The Medical University of South Carolina and the Center for the Study of Aging is collaborating with Charleston, SC's Enterprise Community to investigate end-of-life attitudes, beliefs and needs among the area's African-Americans.

Local hospice programs provide end-of-life care, but most of Charleston's African-American residents do not choose hospice care as they or their loved ones near life's end. Instead, they often die in the hospital, frequently separated from family and friends.

University researchers are studying African-American approaches to death, why they decline hospice care and their preferences for end-of-life care, according to Dr. Jerome E. Kurent, principal investigator for the project. Area residents participate in focus groups and structured interviews, providing rich information for the study.

The project, named "Palliative Care Services for Urban African Americans", builds on national surveys of preferences for end-of-life care among diverse subcultures in America, as well as on previous studies of values, ethnic traditions and beliefs within the African-American community. The Enterprise Community comprises 18 of Charleston's inner-city neighborhood associations, lay health workers and community and religious leaders.

The study builds on national surveys of preferences for end-of-life care among diverse subcultures in America, as well as on previous studies of values, ethnic traditions and beliefs within the African-American community.

The Enterprise Community comprises 18 of Charleston's inner-city neighborhood associations, lay health workers and community and religious leaders.

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Principal Investigator:
Jerome E. Kurent, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine and Neurology
Medical University of South Carolina
171 Ashley Avenue
505 Wachovia Bank Building
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: 843.792.4554
Fax: 843.792.6783
Email:
[email protected]

Web site: http://www.musc.edu

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Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care is a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dedicated to long-term changes in health care institutions to substantially improve care for dying people and their families. Visit PromotingExcellence.org for more resources.

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