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Disparities in care

Audrey L Jones, Susan D Cochran, Arleen Leibowitz, Kenneth B Wells, Gerald Kominski, Vickie M Mays
BACKGROUND: Black and Latino minorities have traditionally had poorer access to primary care than non-Latino Whites, but these patterns could change with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To guide post-ACA efforts to address mental health service disparities, we used a nationally representative sample to characterize baseline race-, ethnicity-, and nativity-associated differences in mental health services in the context of primary care. METHODS: Data were obtained from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS), a two-year panel study of healthcare use, satisfaction with care, and costs of services in the United States (US)...
March 22, 2018: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
Francisco Soto Mas, Holly E Jacobson
Health literacy is a priority issue in both medicine and public health, as it refers to the capacity to obtain and understand basic health information and services and to make appropriate health decisions. Health literacy has been associated with a variety of health care and health outcomes such as hospital admissions, use of preventive services, management of chronic conditions, and mortality. There is also evidence of the connection between low health literacy and health disparities. Despite federal and private efforts, improving health literacy has proven to be an enormous challenge...
March 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Wei-Chen Lee, Hani Serag, Robert L Ohsfeldt, Karl Eschbach, Wissam Khalife, Mohamed Morsy, Kenneth D Smith, Ben G Raimer
Heart failure (HF) is one of the leading causes of hospitalization and readmissions. Our study aimed to examine racial disparities in heart failure patients including onset, mortality, length of stay (LOS), direct costs, and readmission rates. This is a secondary data analysis. We analyzed the risk-adjusted inpatient data of all patients admitted with HF to one health academic center. We compared five health outcomes among three racial groups (white, black, and Hispanic). There were 1006 adult patients making 1605 visits from 10/01/2011 to 09/30/2015...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Rajeshwari Sinha, Sanghamitra Pati
The growing epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) has impacted the national health systems, policies, and socioeconomic developments, thereby leading to increasing country level disparities. Despite substantial improvements in health indicators made in the past decade, the Indian health-care system continues to contribute disproportionately to the global disease burden, wherein NCDs holds significant prominence. Against this background, the present review analyzes the current NCD landscape from the perspective of India's health system preparedness toward meeting this growing challenge...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Yi Dong, Kun Fang, Xin Wang, Shengdi Chen, Xueyuan Liu, Yuwu Zhao, Yangtai Guan, Dingfang Cai, Gang Li, Jianmin Liu, Jianren Liu, Jianhua Zhuang, Panshi Wang, Xin Chen, Haipeng Shen, David Z Wang, Ying Xian, Wuwei Feng, Bruce Cv Campbell, Mark Parsons, Qiang Dong
Background Several stroke outcome and quality control projects have demonstrated the success in stroke care quality improvement through structured process. However, Chinese health-care systems are challenged with its overwhelming numbers of patients, limited resources, and large regional disparities. Aim To improve quality of stroke care to address regional disparities through process improvement. Method and design The Shanghai Stroke Service System (4S) is established as a regional network for stroke care quality improvement in the Shanghai metropolitan area...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Peter F Rebeiro, Tristan D McPherson, Kathryn M Goggins, Megan Turner, Sally S Bebawy, William B Rogers, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Anna K Person, Timothy R Sterling, Sunil Kripalani, April C Pettit
Studies evaluating the association between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection continuum of care outcomes [antiretroviral (ART) adherence, retention in care, viral suppression] and health literacy have yielded conflicting results. Moreover, studies from the southern United States, a region of the country disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic and low health literacy, are lacking. We conducted an observational cohort study among 575 people living with HIV (PLWH) at the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (Nashville, Tennessee)...
March 20, 2018: AIDS and Behavior
Paul L Weygandt, Scott M Dresden, Emilie S Powell, Joe Feinglass
Introduction: Illinois hospitals have experienced a marked decrease in the number of uninsured patients after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the full impact of health insurance expansion on trauma mortality is still unknown. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of ACA insurance expansion on trauma patients hospitalized in Illinois. Methods: We performed a retrospective cohort study of 87,001 trauma inpatients from third quarter 2010 through second quarter 2015, which spans the implementation of the ACA in Illinois...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jean-Louis Trouillet, Olivier Collange, Fouad Belafia, François Blot, Gilles Capellier, Eric Cesareo, Jean-Michel Constantin, Alexandre Demoule, Jean-Luc Diehl, Pierre-Grégoire Guinot, Franck Jegoux, Erwan L'Her, Charles-Edouard Luyt, Yazine Mahjoub, Julien Mayaux, Hervé Quintard, François Ravat, Sébastien Vergez, Julien Amour, Max Guillot
Tracheotomy is widely used in intensive care units, albeit with great disparities between medical teams in terms of frequency and modality. Indications and techniques are, however, associated with variable levels of evidence based on inhomogeneous or even contradictory literature. Our aim was to conduct a systematic analysis of the published data in order to provide guidelines. We present herein recommendations for the use of tracheotomy in adult critically ill patients developed using the grading of recommendations assessment, development and evaluation (GRADE) method...
March 17, 2018: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Judy Tan, Anita Mehrotra, Girish N Nadkarni, John Cijiang He, Erik Langhoff, James Post, Carlos Galvao-Sobrinho, Henry C Thode, Rajeev Rohatgi
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients who live far (>30 miles) from their nephrologist experience lower rates of clinic visit adherence, limited access to treatment, and higher rates of hospitalization and mortality than patients who live in close proximity to their nephrologist. Strategies to minimize disparities between urban and remotely located CKD patients are needed. The purpose of this study was to determine whether adherence to clinic visits and clinical outcomes in the remote management of CKD via telenephrology is comparable to in-person conventional care...
March 20, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
Jyoti Savla, L Rebecca Bivens, Karen A Roberto, Rosemary Blieszner
OBJECTIVE: Despite overall improvements in the U.S. health care, older adults living in rural counties, such as Appalachian Virginia, continue to be underserved. METHOD: Multinomial regression models, including both individual and county data from 503 older adults aged 65+, were used to examine factors associated with informal and formal care use. RESULTS: Older adults with stronger filial beliefs and less positive attitudes toward community services preferred informal help...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Aging and Health
Erin V Thomas
Through semi-structured interviews with 36 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) who assist mothers with breastfeeding, this study takes a systematic look at breastfeeding disparities. Specifically, this study documents race-based discrimination against patients in the course of lactation care and links the implicit bias literature to breastfeeding disparities. IBCLCs report instances of race-based discrimination against patients such as unequal care provided to patients of color and overt racist remarks said in front of or behind patient's backs...
March 1, 2018: Qualitative Health Research
Shearwood McClelland, Jennifer Leberknight, B Ashleigh Guadagnolo, C Norman Coleman, Daniel G Petereit
Introduction: American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) patients with cancer disproportionally present with more advanced stages of disease and have the worst cancer-specific survival rates of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. The presence of disparities in radiation therapy (RT) access for AI/AN patients has rarely been examined. Methods and materials: National Cancer Institute (NCI) initiatives toward addressing AI/AN disparities were examined. Additionally, an extensive PubMed literature search for studies investigating RT access disparities in AI/AN patients was performed...
January 2018: Advances in Radiation Oncology
Tasneem Kaleem, Grace Li Smith, Robert C Miller
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January 2018: Advances in Radiation Oncology
Maegan V Mazereeuw, Diana R Withrow, E Diane Nishri, Michael Tjepkema, Eduardo Vides, Loraine D Marrett
BACKGROUND: Métis people are 1 of 3 Aboriginal groups recognized by the Canadian constitution. We estimated site-specific incidence rates and survival for the most common cancers among Métis adults in Canada and compared these with rates among non-Aboriginal adults in Canada. METHODS: We examined responses to the 1991 long-form census, including self-reported Métis ancestry linked to national mortality and cancer databases for followup from 1992 to 2009. We estimated age-standardized incidence rates and 5-year relative survival...
March 19, 2018: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
Julie A Lynch, Brygida Berse, Merry Rabb, Paul Mosquin, Rob Chew, Suzanne L West, Nicole Coomer, Daniel Becker, John Kautter
BACKGROUND: Tumor testing for mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene is indicated for all newly diagnosed, metastatic lung cancer patients, who may be candidates for first-line treatment with an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Few studies have analyzed population-level testing. METHODS: We identified clinical, demographic, and regional predictors of EGFR & KRAS testing among Medicare beneficiaries with a new diagnosis of lung cancer in 2011-2013 claims...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
Richard Ryan Ruff, Canice E Crerand, Lacey Sischo, Alexandre Peshansky, David B Sarwer, Richard E Kirschner, Hillary L Broder
OBJECTIVE: To explore factors related to completion of surgery recommendations among children with cleft lip and palate (CLP) or cleft palate only (CPO). DESIGN: Multicenter prospective longitudinal cohort study (2009-2015). SETTING: Six cleft centers in the United States. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: A diverse sample of 1186 youth aged 7.5 to 18.5 years with CLP or CPO and a caregiver. RESULTS: Data were collected from child-caregiver dyads at baseline and up to 3 follow-up visits...
January 1, 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
Yousef Jaradat, Morten Birkeland Nielsen, Petter Kristensen, Rita Bast-Pettersen
BACKGROUND: Shift work is associated with sleep disturbances, mental health problems, and job dissatisfaction. Disparities between male and female nurses in the effect of shift work on mental distress and job satisfaction have been scarcely studied. We aimed to examine differences between female and male nurses in the associations between shift work and job satisfaction and mental health. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, male and female nurses were recruited to rate their job satisfaction on the Generic Job Satisfaction Scale and to complete the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-30)...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Sarah E Gollust, Brooke A Cunningham, Barbara G Bokhour, Howard S Gordon, Charlene Pope, Somnath S Saha, Dina M Jones, Tam Do, Diana J Burgess
Progress to address health care equity requires health care providers' commitment, but their engagement may depend on their perceptions of the factors contributing to inequity. To understand providers' perceptions of causes of racial health care disparities, a short survey was delivered to health care providers who work at 3 Veterans Health Administration sites, followed by qualitative interviews (N = 53). Survey data indicated that providers attributed the causes of disparities to social and economic conditions more than to patients' or providers' behaviors...
January 2018: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
Arnethea L Sutton, Jun He, Megan C Edmonds, Vanessa B Sheppard
Studies indicate that Black patients report higher medical mistrust compared to their White counterparts. However, little is known about factors associated with higher medical mistrust among Black breast cancer patients. We examined predictors of medical mistrust and relationships between medical mistrust, subscales of mistrust, and process of care factors to identify opportunities to promote positive healthcare interactions between the trustees (e.g., providers) and Black breast cancer patients, or the trustors...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
Laurie E Powers, Ann Fullerton, Jessica Schmidt, Sarah Geenen, Molly Oberweiser-Kennedy, JoAnn Dohn, May Nelson, Rosemary Iavanditti, Jennifer Blakeslee
Research clearly documents the serious challenges and poor outcomes experienced by many young people exiting foster care, as well as compounded disparities for the high percentage of youth in care who are identified with disabilities and/or mental health challenges. However, very little research has been conducted to specify or validate effective models for improving the transition trajectories of youth exiting care. Evidence suggests the My Life self-determination enhancement model offers a promising approach for supporting youths' self-determined and positive transition to adulthood...
February 2018: Children and Youth Services Review
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