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Pac Health Dialog. 2004 Sep;11(2):114-9.

Disparities in outcomes for pediatric cancer patients treated in Hawai'i: comparing Hawai'i residents to children referred from the Pacific Islands.

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Department of Public Health Sciences and Epidemiology (DPHSE), John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawai'i, USA.


This article examines whether pediatric cancer patients referred to Hawai'i from the Pacific Islands had poorer outcomes than Hawai'i residents treated at the same hospital. For children admitted from 1981 to 2002, we obtained data on patient demographics and outcomes from a review of medical charts and physician case reviews. We found that pediatric cancer patients referred from the Pacific Islands for treatment in Hawai'i had a higher relative risk of death, of not receiving treatment in a timely manner, of not completing treatment, and of being lost to follow-up than pediatric cancer patients that were residents of Hawai'i. The higher risk of poor outcomes for pediatric cancer patients referred from the Pacific Islands can be addressed by improving the health care systems in both the Pacific Islands and in Hawai'i.

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