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Study Indicates Higher Rates of Death from Trauma at Hospitals Serving Minorities

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

In a study published in the Annals of Surgery, Dr. Adil H. Haider at Johns Hopkins and other researchers found that trauma patients were 16 percent more likely to die if they received care at a trauma center serving a predominately minority population. A contributing factor to the risk increase was uninsured status. In light of this finding, the researchers note that it is particularly important to financially strengthen such institutions.

“Augmenting the assets of resource-poor institutions and implementing culturally competent quality-of-care improvement programs at hospitals that primarily serve minority populations may be an excellent first step toward reducing racial disparities in trauma outcomes and improving care for all patients,” Haider’s group suggested.

Read more about the study.