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Dying at the MarginsReflections on Justice and Healing for Inner-City Poor$
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David Wendell Moller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199760145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199760145.001.0001

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Exploring the Experiences of Mr. J. W. Green

Exploring the Experiences of Mr. J. W. Green

Injustice, Poverty, Mistreatment, and Evil Surrounding Serious Illness and Death in Poor African-American People

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4 Exploring the Experiences of Mr. J. W. Green
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Dying at the Margins
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David Wendell Moller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199760145.003.0004

Inattentive care and lack of compassion exacerbated the Whites’ suffering, leading to unconscionable indignity for both in the nursing home. Ken and Virble White were a part of the ongoing fabric of our society, that portion which includes the working poor. We know that individuals like them are subject to worse health outcomes. They possess inadequate resources to make the health system work in their favor or even on balance with the rest of the population. Their medical decision-making takes place in a context of inadequate patient–physician communication, low health literacy, lack of access to social services, and other factors that undermine optimal care. These factors are present in different ways throughout the life experience of disempowered patients every day in clinics, hospitals, and assisted-living facilities throughout the nation.

Keywords:   indignities, disempowerment, poor communication, neglect, poverty, access to palliative care, integrated health and social services, health outcomes, compassion

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