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Students present at Health Disparities Conference


Three UW-Eau Claire nursing students (below) and one biology student presented the following at the 7th Annual Health Disparities Conference held in St. Thomas, VI during November 14-17, 2013. The nursing students attended the conference and presented the research conducted by the interdisciplinary team.

Student Conference
Acacia Crow, Kathryn Hankins, Diane Sanchez 

Exploring Disparities in Advanced Directive Completion

Disparities in healthcare concerning advance directives (ADs) is important to study so that factors contributing to these differences among racial, ethnic, and cultural groups can be identified. Diverse populations are increasing in the United States, and research clearly indicates that some groups are less likely to complete ADs. 

This is an exploratory study aimed at identifying factors that may deter completion of ADs for various populations. The team of diverse students completed a literature review and explored beliefs and values which connect with ADs of four population groups: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and Hmong American. Since limited information was available for Hmong, related literature was included. Through this research, factors contributing to disparities in the completion of ADs among these populations were identified through a comprehensive literature review. The following search terms were used: advance directives, end of life care, health disparities, and the identified population groups. Databases searched included: Academic Search Complete, Alt HealthWatch, CINAHL PLUS, Cochrane Library, Consumer Health Complete, EBSCO, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, MEDLINE, and PsycINFO.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Moch, or 715-836-4889.

Read the UW-Eau Claire news article published December 11, 2013.