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Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2014 Feb;31(1):87-97. doi: 10.1177/1049909113480841. Epub 2013 Mar 15.

What evidence is available on end-of-life (EOL) care and Latino elders? A literature review.

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1Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics Medicine, Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Low-income and minority persons, such as Latinos, encounter substantial barriers in accessing effective end-of-life (EOL) care. This study intends to review current evidence on how to deliver EOL care to Latino elders.

METHODS:

Literature search in PubMed and Ovid Web sites of articles indexed in Medline (1948-2011), Cochrane (2005-2011), Embase, and PsychInfo (1967-2011) databases. Articles were included if they contained (1) study participants' race/ethnicity, (2) adults or population older than 60 years, and (3) information related to EOL care.

RESULTS:

A total of 64 abstracts were reviewed, and 38 articles met the inclusion criteria. After reviewing the quality of evidence, 4 themes were identified and summarized: EOL preferences, hospice, Latino culture, and caregiving.

CONCLUSION:

Latino elders have traditional acculturation practices, face EOL decisions with family support, and, if educated, are receptive toward hospice and caregiver support.

KEYWORDS:

Hispanic; Latino; elder; end of life; hospice; palliative

PMID:
23503564
DOI:
10.1177/1049909113480841
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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