While patient physician discussions about end of life

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While patient-physician discussions about end-of-life (EOL) care are notoriously difficult, barriers to  effective planning is that much harder for patients with diverse ethnicities, according to research  from Stanford University School of Medicine published in PLOS ONE. Study participants were 1,040 multi-specialty physicians caring for seriously ill patients in the  Stanford Hospital and Clinics and the VA Palo Alto in California. Almost all--99.99 percent--reported  some barriers in conducting effective EOL discussions. Among them, 86 percent said conducting  these conversations with patients of a different ethnicity was "a great deal" or "quite a bit"  challenging. The barriers identified by lead author VJ Periyakoil, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine at  Stanford University School of Medicine in California, and colleagues included the following: Language and medical interpretation difficulties  ( - reimbursement/2013-07-15)
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  • Spring '16
  • Jerome Seliger
  • ­specialty physicians

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