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Am J Public Health. 2003 Mar;93(3):447-55.

Disparities in trends of hospitalization for potentially preventable chronic conditions among African Americans during the 1990s: implications and benchmarks.

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Morehouse School of Medicine, Social Epidemiology Research Division, Atlanta, GA 30310, USA. skdavis@msm.edu

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  • Am J Public Health. 2003 May;93(5):703.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We compared trends in prevalence rates of preventable cardiovascular- and diabetes-related hospitalizations between African Americans and members of other major US racial/ethnic groups.

METHODS:

Standardized rates for 1991 to 1998 were derived from hospital and US census data for California.

RESULTS:

African Americans had significantly higher hospitalization rates in 1991, and discrepancies in rates continued to widen through 1998. Overall male and female rates were approximately 3 times higher for angina, 7 times higher for hypertension, between 7 and 8 times higher for congestive heart failure, and 10 times higher for diabetes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Widening disparities in cardiovascular- and diabetes-related health conditions were observed in this study, possibly owing to racial inequalities in provision of effective primary care.

PMID:
12604494
PMCID:
PMC1447762
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.93.3.447
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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