The variabilities in healthcare between African-American and white patients are well documented, but the disparities in care between these groups specifically at the end of life are less so. In an effort to raise awareness around this issue, representatives from Compassion & Choices attended the 115th Annual National Medical Association Convention and Scientific Assembly. The event brings together African-American physicians and other health professionals from across the country to exchange ideas and share their experiences.
C&C’s Brandi Alexander and Dr. Lucille Ridgill, a hospice and palliative care physician, gave presentations and staffed a booth throughout the convention. Data they highlighted includes that black patients are:
“Nearly every doctor who stopped at our table was completely supportive and thanked us for being there, and talked about how much education is needed in both the medical community and the greater community,” said Alexander. Nearly 30 physicians expressed interest in C&C’s Doctors for Dignity initiative, which provides education, support and ways to advocate for better end-of-life options.