Racial Inequalities in the Use of Procedures for Patients With Ischemic Heart Disease in Massachusetts
Wenneker, Mark B.
Epstein, Arnold M.
JAMA. 1988 Jan 13; 261(2): 253-257.
The authors examined all admissions for circulatory diseases or chest pain to Massachusetts hospitals in 1985 for indications of interracial differences in the utilization of coronary angiography, coronary artery bypass grafting, and coronary angioplasty for white and black patients. The study's methods and basis for analysis are explained in relation to the results that after controlling for age, sex, payer, income, and diagnosis, whites underwent significantly more angiography and coronary artery bypass grafting procedures and somewhat more angioplasty procedures. These findings suggest that substantial racial inequalities exist in the use of procedures for patients hospitalized with coronary heart disease. (KIE abstract)
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