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Int J Palliat Nurs. 2005 Jan;11(1):6-13.

Poverty and palliative care in the US: issues facing the urban poor.

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Family Health Care Nursing Department, University of California-San Francisco, Laguna Honda Hospital/San Francisco Department of Public Health, 375 Laguna Honda Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94116, USA.


Poverty is a significant public health and social problem in the US. The urban poor living with life-limiting illnesses are a particularly vulnerable population. The literature related to the experiences of the urban poor at the end of life is sparse. Most relates to the experiences of patients with cancer. The purpose of this literature review is to describe the problem of poverty in the US, to identify challenges in providing palliative care to the urban poor, and lastly, to articulate implications for nursing practice and nursing research.

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