Social determinants of health play ‘an important role’ in end-of-life pain strategies

Patients with gastrointestinal cancers face ongoing racial/ethnicity-based disparities in end-of-life pain management, specifically in terms of access to and utilization of opioids, study results showed.
“I’m very interested in cancer, but also in end-of-life goal setting,” Timothy M. Pawlik, MD, PhD, MPH, the Urban Meyer III and Shelley Meyer Chair for Cancer Research and the chair of the department of surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and James Comprehensive Cancer Center, told Healio.
“Our previous work had shown social vulnerability and

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