Social Workers' Perceptions of Challenges for People of Color Utilizing Hospice Services

Carol J. Carter, St. Catherine University


The purpose of this qualitative research study is to look at social workers perceptions of the challenges and opportunities for people of color utilizing hospice services. Data was collected using a qualitative survey distributed through Qualtrics, a web based software system. Eleven social workers completed the online survey. Data was analyzed using open coding resulting in several themes including social barriers, awareness of Hospice care, mistrust by social workers and medical professionals, and cultural competency. The responses confirm more research is needed to help the general public, social workers, other medical professionals, patients and their caregivers’ understand the benefits that hospice care services can offer to change the end of life care for people of color.