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Richard B. Francoeur, Richard Payne, Victoria H. Raveis and Hyunjung Shim Palliative care in the inner city Cancer 109

Version of Record online: 5 DEC 2006 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.22363

Compared with other inner city African Americans and Latinos receiving palliative care, religious-affiliated, uninsured patients endorse more hopeful pain and symptom attitudes that suggest adequate coping, but may also conceal problem domains. Conversely, less hopeful attitudes by religious-affiliated patients covered only by Medicaid serve as clues to coping difficulties and problem domains. Palliative care programs should carefully consider how to integrate religious support networks as pipelines for program referrals and potential partners for supportive care.

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