Navigation Links
Socioeconomic status influences celiac disease diagnosis
Date:5/8/2011

Income is a pivotal factor in whether a patient without common symptoms of celiac disease is accurately diagnosed with the digestive condition, according to a new study from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.

Daniel Leffler, MD, and colleagues divided the cases of nearly 800 adult patients with celiac disease based on presenting symptoms and household and per capita earnings. Some patients had complained of acute gastrointestinal distress, others of such classic celiac disease signs as weight loss and anemia, and others of still additional problems. Regardless, the researchers' analysis found the same pattern: "a very striking linear correlation" pegged to higher versus lower income.

"The better your socioeconomic status, the better your chances of being diagnosed," said Dr. Leffler, director of clinical research at the hospital's celiac center.

The income gap may reflect a gap in health literacy and access to health information between socioeconomic brackets. "It is a marker for patients having the resources to educate themselves as to what might be the underlying cause of their disorder," Dr. Leffler said. "Celiac testing is often prompted by patient request rather than physician suspicion, which almost certainly contributes to the diagnostic disparity seen in this study."

He believes the study underscores the need for much more awareness among physicians as well as the public.

"Although we need physicians to be more proactive in celiac testing, we can't just focus on physician training if we want to make a difference," he said. "There are likely significant gains to also be made in patient education."

Dr. Leffler will present these data on Sunday, May 8 at 8:00 a.m. CT in Hall A, McCormick Place.


'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Levey
alevey@gymr.com
312-791-6715
Digestive Disease Week
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Neighborhood socioeconomic status and diabetes
2. Socioeconomic status predicts survival of Canadian cancer patients
3. Sociologist finds combat veterans face more lifelong socioeconomic challenges
4. Insurance and socioeconomic status do not explain racial disparities in breast cancer care
5. Low socioeconomic status increases depression risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients
6. Health care disparities seen in epilepsy patients with low socioeconomic status
7. Melanoma diagnosis in women associated with higher socioeconomic status
8. Study: Socioeconomics playing reduced role in autism diagnoses
9. AHIP Statement on the Status of Health Care Reform
10. 21 Healthcare Companies Achieve Semi-Finalist Status for Innovations in HealthcareSM ABBY Awards
11. AHIP Statement on the Status of Health Care Reform
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/15/2017)... Florida (PRWEB) , ... August 15, 2017 , ... ... cold therapy products, announced today the introduction of the innovative new 10x10 bladder ... for post-operative patients. The plush design enhances comfort and enables the patient to ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... August 15, 2017 , ... Dr. Timothy Davis is ... periodontal disease . This information can be used to develop patient-specific treatment plans ... two salivary diagnostic tests, named MyPerioPath® and MyPerioID® are offered by OralDNA® Labs, ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... August 15, 2017 , ... ... communication, promotion, crisis management using Artificial Intelligence. Published through FirstAlign’s Center of ... well as providing guidance in support of public crisis decisions. , People remember ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... Alpharetta, GA (PRWEB) , ... August 15, 2017 ... ... solutions for providers and health plans, announced today it has relocated its corporate ... , “We partner closely with our clients to navigate the complexities of healthcare ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... August 15, 2017 , ... Schools, ... eating Fajita Pete's fresh food when they sign up for a Spirit Night ... will receive 15 percent of sales from customers who mention the fundraiser from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/2/2017)... Flight Network and PeaceHealth Oregon Network announced they renewed a ... efficiency for patients at hospitals in Eugene ... , and Florence, Oregon , who ... work collaboratively to move patients who require the highest level ... emergency exists. PeaceHealth ...
(Date:8/1/2017)...   CerSci Therapeutics , a non-opioid drug development ... has received notice from the National Institute on Drug ... that it has been awarded a Direct-to-Phase II Small ... 2017 with an additional $1,000,000 to follow in 2018. ... of their lead non-opioid drug candidate CT-044 to the ...
(Date:7/31/2017)... , July 31, 2017 Three Tru-D SmartUVC ... South Korea . Tru-D, short for "Total Room Ultraviolet ... operating rooms after an environmental services (ES) professional cleans the area with ... ... "Although the BAACH ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: