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Racial differences in willingness to exhaust personal finances for life-sustaining care
Date:4/25/2011

er medical illnesses, Blacks were 2.41 times more likely to opt for expending all personal financial resources to extend life than Whites. The preferences of Hispanic and Asian patients were intermediate between White and Black patients. Determining the reasons for these differences in preference requires further study.

Several other factors were associated with a willingness to expend resources to prolong life: younger age, a lower number of individuals that they financially supported, divorced/separated marital status, a belief that life expectancy is in God's hands, and a higher level of social support.

"This is the first national study of lung and colorectal cancer survivors to examine the willingness to exhaust personal finances for life sustaining care. Our results highlight the complexity of treatment decisions and the factors that influence patient preferences," said Dr. Martin. According to the authors, continued research on this topic may facilitate the delivery of coordinated cancer care that consistently reflects patient values and preferences.


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