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Techniques for Clinical Practice: Communication Strategies for Black Patients with Serious Illness

      As our population continues to age, the prevalence of serious illness—“a condition that carries a high risk of mortality, negatively impacts quality of life and daily function, and/or is burdensome in symptoms, treatments, or caregiver stress”
      • Kelley AS.
      Defining “serious illness.
      — is increasing. For patients with serious illness, communication with clinicians about which medical interventions align with their goals, values, and priorities has been shown to improve quality of life while reducing inappropriate healthcare costs.
      • Zhang B
      • Wright AA
      • Huskamp HA
      • et al.
      Health care costs in the last week of life: associations with end of life conversations.
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