Navigation Links
Racial Disparities Persist in Hospital Stroke Care
Date:3/22/2010

Black patients less likely than whites, Hispanics to receive all recommended measures, research shows

MONDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- Many black patients may not receive the same quality of stroke care in hospitals as white and Hispanic patients do, the results of a U.S. study suggest.

In the study, the researchers analyzed data from 1,181 hospitals participating in the American Heart Association/Americans Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality improvement program between 2003 and 2008.

The study focused on 397,257 patients, average age 71, with ischemic stroke, which is the most common type of stroke and is caused by decreased blood flow to the brain. The study findings were published online March 22 in the journal Circulation.

Hispanic and white patients received similar levels of care, the study authors found, but black patients were less likely to receive most of the seven quality measures that are considered "evidence-based" stroke care.

The findings showed that black stroke patients were:

  • 16 percent less likely than whites to receive the clot-busting drug known as tPA and to receive anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation.
  • 12 percent less likely than whites to get preventive treatment for deep vein thrombosis and to be given anti-clotting medications at discharge.
  • 3 percent less likely than whites to receive early anti-clotting medications, and 9 percent less likely to receive cholesterol-lowering therapy.
  • 15 percent less likely than whites to receive smoking cessation counseling.
  • 10 percent less likely than whites to receive "defect-free care," which is defined as the proportion of patients who were given all eligible interventions.

"An interesting finding is that, despite being less likely to receive the interventions, black patients were less likely to die in the hospital than whites or Hispanics," study lead author Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said in a news release from the American Heart Association. "We suspect that's because black patients are more likely to have stroke at younger ages and present with less severe strokes than the other groups."

Schwamm said researchers need to "identify the causes of these differences in care among ethnic groups so we can develop strategies to eliminate that small but persistent disparity."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about stroke.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, March 22, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Society for New Communications Research Receives Grant to Help Raise Awareness and Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
2. Racial disparities diminish in specialized cancer centers
3. Blacks have highest cancer rates of all racial ethnicities, yet feel less at risk, study finds
4. Survey finds significant racial differences in lung cancer beliefs
5. Breast Cancer Stats Differ Racially Despite Similar Mammogram Rates
6. American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report: Study Finds Racial Gaps Continue in Heart Disease Awareness, Low Knowledge of Heart Attack Warning Signs Among Women
7. Study finds racial gaps continue in heart disease awareness
8. Racial disparities persist in the diagnosis of advanced breast cancer and colon cancer in the U.S.
9. Racial differences in medication use
10. Study finds racial disparities exist in radiation therapy rates for early stage breast cancer
11. Lung Cancers Racial Gap Narrowing
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... On June 10-11, 2016, A Forever Recovery, a holistic treatment center for ... Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the rehabilitation facility is located. This annual celebration ... world’s leading providers of cereal and other breakfast foods. Its residents often refer to ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 ... ... will discuss health policy issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June ... share their work on several important health care topics including advance care planning, ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a ... Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at ... returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... To deal with these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or ... Center of Marne, Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, an ... Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic Suresmile technology, ... , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It can be ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... 27, 2016  VMS Rehab Systems, Inc. ( www.vmsrehabsystemsinc.com ... whatever measures required to build a strong and stable ... currently listed on the OTC Markets-pink current trading platform. ... CEO, "We are seeing an anomaly in market trading ... only by the Company, but shareholders and market players ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. , June 24, ... GBT ), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel ... with significant unmet needs, today announced the closing ... 6,400,000 shares of common stock, at the public ... the shares in the offering were offered by ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 The Academy of Managed Care ... that would allow biopharmaceutical companies to more easily ... make formulary and coverage decisions, a move that addresses ... medicines. The recommendations address restrictions in the ... the drug label, a prohibition that hinders decision makers ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: