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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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Notes from the Trenches

Notes from the Trenches

On Social Injustice: Race, Class, and Health Disparity

10 Notes from the Trenches
Dying at the Margins

David Wendell Moller

Oxford University Press

Being in the trenches with patients and other caregivers while working collaboratively toward a patient’s goals is a fantastic experience. However, it is equally important to be cognizant of the many difficulties to be encountered while working in the trenches. When caring for patients who are marginalized, the highs and lows of being a medical provider for this population can be extreme because of the circumstances surrounding both their medical and social situations. Practicing principles of collaborative decision-making, along with seeking to understand and empathize with others, serves to complement the other tools that are required to navigate this profession successfully. Educating the next generation of medical providers on how to step out of their comfort zone and engage a diversified population of patients will ensure that patients have providers who are willing to be in the trenches with them for the days to come.

Keywords:   field notes, marginalized populations, diversified populations, collaborative decision-making, empathy, quality of life, QOL, cultural competence, harm of poverty

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