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Economically Disadvantaged Urban Dwellers 

Economically Disadvantaged Urban Dwellers
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Economically Disadvantaged Urban Dwellers
Author(s):

Anne Hughes

and Anne Kinderman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0055
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date: 22 October 2019

The urban poor are at a high risk for chronic and life-limiting illnesses. Poverty increases the illness burden (morbidity) and leads to premature mortality. The urban poor therefore represent a population in need of palliative care. Economically disadvantaged patients face several barriers to accessing palliative care, however. These include lack of education, racial segregation, limited social support, individual-level poverty, and area-level poverty. This chapter reviews the challenges of caring for the urban poor and offers strategies to promote better access to quality care.

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