New literature review clearly establishes what is known about disparities, barriers, and successful interventions with 16 key findings.

On March 8, 2022, CAPC released its key findings from Health Care for Black Patients with Serious Illness: A Literature Review, the first comprehensive literature review of its kind. Findings show that Black patients and their families experience worse pain management, ineffective communication from providers, and an outsized burden on family caregivers. There were 16 key findings in total.

The goal of the literature review was to clearly establish what is known about disparities, barriers, and successful interventions. The review included peer-reviewed journal articles from PubMed, Scopus, and recommendations from the initiative’s steering committee members.

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The literature review is part of CAPC’s Project Equity and comprises the first of three components of its Equitable Access to Quality Palliative Care for Black Patients: A National Scan of Challenges and Opportunities.

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