Navigation Links
Race, Income Affect Care for Ear Infections: Study

MONDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic children with frequent ear infections are less likely to have access to health care than white children, say U.S. researchers.

They analyzed 1997 to 2006 data from the National Health Interview Survey and found that each year about 4.6 million children have frequent ear infections, defined as more than three infections over 12 months.

Overall, 3.7 percent of children with frequent ear infections could not afford care, 5.6 percent could not afford prescriptions, and only 25.8 percent saw a specialist, said the researchers at Harvard Medical School and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

When they focused on specific groups of children with frequent ear infections, the team found that:

  • More black children (42.7 percent) and Hispanic children (34.5 percent) lived below the poverty level than white children (12 percent) and those of "other ethnicity" (28 percent).
  • More Hispanic children (18.2 percent) and "other ethnicity" children (16.6 percent) were uninsured, compared to white children (6.5 percent).
  • More white children (29.2 percent) had access to specialty care than black children (20 percent), Hispanic children (17.5 percent), and "other ethnicity" children (18.9 percent).
  • More black children (28.4 percent) and Hispanic children (19.8 percent) than white children (15.5 percent) visited a hospital emergency department at least twice for ear infections over 12 months.

The study appears in the November issue of the journal Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.

"Our goal was to provide an accurate demographic picture of the U.S. so that we could identify disparities to target for intervention," study co-author Dr. Nina Shapiro, director of pediatric otolaryngology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and an associate professor of surgery at the Geffen School of Medicine, said in an American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery news release.

"Clearly, we found that children of certain ethnicities who suffer from frequent ear infections are more likely to face greater barriers to care. This information provides an opportunity for improvements in our current healthcare reform," she added.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has more about ear infections in children.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, news release, Nov. 1, 2010

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study shows race, not experience, impacts hiring in sports world
2. Study finds race, ethnicity impact access to care for children with frequent ear infections
3. PA Breast Cancer Coalition Launches Income Tax Refund Campaign
4. Guardian Brings Income Protection to New Level with Student Loan Protection Program
5. Universal Health Realty Income Trust Reports 2009 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results
6. Unilens Vision Reports Record Second Quarter Earnings And Royalty Income
7. K-State Study Finds Abundance of Food Stores, Not Lack of Them, Puts Low-Income Women In Small Cities at Higher Risk of Obesity
8. Study: Kidney disease a big risk for younger, low-income minorities
9. Case managers help low-income women receive more timely breast cancer diagnosis
10. Retirement Options Shares Tips for Retiring Happy Regardless of Income
11. Pediatricians find link between cumulative hardships and health in low-income young children
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Race, Income Affect Care for  Ear Infections: Study
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... It’s inevitable that everyone ... member, close friend, or animal pass away, death lives among us. It is your ... Coming from a family of 11 children, author T Sky understands that she may ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Sikka Software announced today that they are showcasing ... dentists to make complex business decisions by providing the tools and information they need ... survey with 10 procedures customized by zip code. , The Sikka Software Ecosystem ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... Novus’ TIGR® Matrix Surgical Mesh technology for soft tissue repair in the US ... is a long-term resorbable surgical mesh intended to support and reinforce soft tissue ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... be of critical importance to the medical schools of the future. To reach ... healthcare suite at the 2015 ChangeMedEd conference in Chicago, organized by the American ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... a leading provider of enterprise Time and Attendance/Workforce Management cloud-based solutions, announced ... Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in the Application Development, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... 30, 2015 Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR ) ... partnership with Apollo Hospitals Group, the largest hospital chain in ... train radiation technologists in the country. The MoU was signed by ... and Ashok Kakkar , Varian,s India ... India , Varian intends to deploy its Access to ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... and BOSTON , November ... research and develop potential new medicines directed at up ... therapeutic areas. --> PFE ) to research ... 10 G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) targets across multiple therapeutic ... GPCR structure-guided drug discovery and development company and wholly-owned ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... Nov. 29, 2015  Strengthening its leadership in connected ... PHIA) today announced IntelliSpace Portal 8.0 , the ... visualization platform that helps radiologists detect, diagnose and follow-up ... Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA) ... 8.0 helps address the changing demands in radiology that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: