November 22, 2011

A Look at End-of-Life Care Issues for Native Americans


More than 4 million people in the United States identify themselves as either American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN), a diverse group of people who come from more than 500 tribes. Access to quality health care by AI/AN is often compromised by poverty, lack of health insurance, and the fact that many live in isolated regions… “Palliative care and end-of-life services are poorly available yet critically needed,” said Dr. Judith Salmon Kaur, a Choctaw/Cherokee who is the medical director for the Mayo Clinic Hospice and for the Native American Programs of the Mayo Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Tags: Cancer, Dr. Judith Salmon Kaur, Native Americans

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