Catheryn Koss Publishes Article on Race Disparities in Advance Directive Completion

Published in Center News

Fellows Coordinator and former Borchard Fellow Catheryn Koss published recently another article stemming from her research on advance directives. A Question of Trust: Does Mistrust or Perceived Discrimination Account for Race Disparities in Advance Directive Completion? appears in Innovation in Aging, a new academic journal published by the Gerontological Society of America.

Catheryn, now an assistant professor in the Gerontology Program at the California State University in Sacramento, co-authored the article with Professor Tamara Baker. Their results call into question the common assertion that mistrust in medical providers or the health care system contributes to lower rates of advance care planning by black older adults. The authors conclude that future research should examine the potential relationships between advance directive completion and other dimensions of discrimination.