Social work and end-of-life care

Social work is important in end-of-life care

Raise awareness of end-of-life planning among minority ethnic groups

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News item about Deborah Carr’s research from Rutgers University

An account of another piece of American research which shows that people from minority ethnic groups do less planning for care at the end of their lives than most. Part of the reason for this is that they have bad experiences of the medical profession, so they are cautious about getting involved. However, the author, Deborah Carr. makes an important point that is relevant to people from all minority ethnic groups that social workers deal with:

“Lawyers will say, ‘why don’t we do a living will and durable power of attorney? [lasting power of attorney in the UK]’’’ says Carr. “But people who draft wills are normally people who own homes and have assets to protect.’’ That’s less likely to be the case for poorer people and minorities, she said.

Carr believes it’s critical to raise awareness about end of life planning [especially among minority ethnic groups].

I wonder if we’re even thinking about that in the everyday practice or community work that social work practitioners are doing in the UK.

Report of a study of American minority ethnic groups


Written by Malcolm Payne

25 July 2012 at 12:06 pm

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