Navigation Links
Minorities, whites get equal care in hospitals
Date:3/11/2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. A University of Maryland study of whether people receive different quality of hospital care because of their race or ethnicity found that when whites and minorities are admitted to a hospital for the same reason, they receive the same quality care in that hospital.

The study led by Darrell Gaskin, health economist in the University of Marylands department of African American Studies, appears in the March 11 issue of Health Affairs. The study of 1841 hospitals in 13 states compares the quality of treatment for blacks, Hispanics and Asians to that of whites over a broad range of services. It found that only a few hospitals provide lower quality care to minorities than to whites.

The good news, said Gaskin, is that if you come to the hospital for care, youre probably getting the same quality as everyone else in that hospital.

The study also may help pinpoint where improvements need to be made to reduce the significant health care disparities that are known to exist because of race, ethnicity and income. Our study confirms that all patients in low performing hospitals are at higher risk for mortality and complications. We need to focus on improving those low performers as opposed to hospitals nationwide, Gaskin said. Our results also suggest that we need to look more carefully at other areas to find where disparities are originating, such as getting access to the good hospitals in the first place.

Surprised at Findings

Gaskin admits he was surprised at the results of the three-year study. Earlier studies that looked at only a few specific conditions, such as cardiac care, and used general estimating equations, have shown quality differences based on race.

What made this study different, Gaskin said, is that we compared a broader range of services and directly compared hospital-specific quality indicators for racial and ethnic groups. We examined rates of mortality and complications whether something bad happened in the hospital because of the care.

Gaskins group looked at hospitals in 13 states that report patients race and that collect the specific data the researchers needed to compute quality measures. Forty-four percent of the U.S. population live in these states, with 36 percent of Asians, about 50 percent of Hispanics, 46 percent of African Americans and more than 44 percent of whites residing in the areas studied. The study covered more than 45 percent of urban hospitals and 28 percent of rural hospitals.

The findings indicate that the systems in place in the hospitals do work to deliver equal quality to patients in that same hospital. Its difficult for one persons bias to make a difference in treatment that would show in mortality rates, Gaskin said.

Gaskin is now working on a study to examine minorities access to quality medical care, particularly how primary care affects equal access. We have a tremendous problem with minorities, especially blacks and Asians, getting access to the good hospitals or being referred for care when it could make the most difference. The access problem isnt going to be solved in the hospital. It has to be solved in communities.


'/>"/>

Contact: Ellen Ternes
eternes@umd.edu
301-405-4627
University of Maryland
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. New Study Reports High Injury Rates for Hotel Workers, Even Higher Rates for Women and Nonwhites
2. Older blacks and Latinos still lag whites in controlling diabetes
3. Black gay men, lesbians, have fewer mental disorders than whites, says Mailman School of PH study
4. Whites take supplemental breast cancer therapy more often than blacks
5. Prostate cancer more likely to return in blacks than whites, but the disease is not more aggressive
6. Blacks awaiting lung transplants more likely to die or be denied than whites
7. Hispanics have more difficulty controlling diabetes than non-Hispanic whites
8. Pitt study finds inequality in tobacco advertising
9. Obesity Doesnt Always Equal Diabetes
10. Not all risk is created equal
11. Income inequality associated with overnourishment and undernourishment in India
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/5/2016)... Seattle, WA (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 ... ... consulting firm, ranked #3 in the 2015 Best in KLAS: Software & Services ... The annual Best in KLAS report independently ranks vendor performance by healthcare ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... , ... Stuart Bentkover, MD, FACS is thrilled to announce the ... effective tattoo removal today, Dr. Bentkover is the only doctor in Central Massachusetts to ... has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe and ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... ... In sleep, when the defenses of the day are at rest, rejected emotions ... disorders is significant self-criticism, and consequently these patients experience this disease with their feelings, ... for coping with this unease, but also leads to a reservoir of emotions that ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Ramsey, NJ (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 ... ... Optimizing Primary Care for Patients with Rare Diseases, a continuing medical education (CME) ... conference is the first of its kind—and a first for ACCORD, whose mission ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... –This week, Atascadero water heater company First Call Plumbing ... To view the report, click here or see below. , There ... pros and cons, the type chosen is almost entirely up to personal preference. However, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... France , Germany , Italy ... ). It includes a 10-year epidemiology forecast for the total prevalent ... sex in these markets. GD epidemiology report is written and developed by ... and market-driven, providing expert analysis of disease trends in the 7MM. ... Italy , Spain , UK, and ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 2016  The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition (SCPC) ... Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking ... hearing , "Developments in the Prescription Drug Market," ... questions about abusive pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) pricing ... Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) are diligent, serious ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016 Wegener ... Global Markets Direct,s, ,Wegener Polyangiitis - Pipeline ... Wegener Polyangiitis,s therapeutic pipeline. This report provides ... Polyangiitis, complete with comparative analysis at various stages, ... (MoA), route of administration (RoA) and molecule type, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: