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More Evidence Minorities in U.S. Get Poorer Hospital Care
Date:10/6/2011

interesting study," added Salim, who is also a trauma surgeon. "And the findings conform closely to what we see out there in practice. I can say for sure that we see it in trauma care, among those safety-net hospitals that care for a higher proportion of minorities. These facilities tend to have worse outcomes regardless of their insurance status or their race."

A Johns Hopkins School of Medicine report published in the Archives of Surgery last month highlights Salim's point, concluding that patients of all races face worse outcomes and a greater risk for death when treated at trauma centers that serve a higher proportion of minority patients.

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For more on minorities and health care disparities, visit the U.S. National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.

SOURCE: Ashish K. Jha, M.D., associate professor, department of health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Ali Salim, M.D., attending surgeon and program director, General Surgery Residency Educational Program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; October 2011, Health Affairs


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