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Ann Neurol. 2009 Aug;66(2):142-5. doi: 10.1002/ana.21774.

Treatment disparities in Parkinson's disease.

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Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. dahodwan@mail.med.upenn.edu

Abstract

We sought to identify racial disparities in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). We identified 307 incident PD cases using Pennsylvania State Medicaid claims, and extracted claims for medications, physical therapy, and healthcare visits for the 6 months after diagnosis. After controlling for age, sex, and geography, African-Americans were four times less likely than whites to receive any PD treatment (odds ratio, 0.24; 95% confidence interval, 0.09-0.64), especially indicated medications. In a group with the same healthcare insurance, disparities in PD treatment exist. Physician and community awareness of these racial differences in PD treatment is the first step in addressing healthcare disparities.

PMID:
19743462
PMCID:
PMC2856321
DOI:
10.1002/ana.21774
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