Perceptions among Black and White Hospice Family Caregivers


A recent study featuring PISC Senior Scholar George Demiris, PhD, FACMI, evaluates racial disparities surrounding anxiety, depression, and reduced quality of life in Black and White hospice family caregivers. The study includes 733 Black and White hospice family caregivers from the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. Participants were evaluated through questionnaires including anxiety, health, quality of life, burden, and communication. Data shows that nearly one third of hospice family caregivers report moderate-to-severe anxiety. Black and White hospice family caregivers report variances in specific demographic and socioeconomic variables. Despite these variances, however, both Black and White hospice family caregivers experience similar levels of anxiety, depression, and quality of life.


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