Children with Crohn’s Disease Experience Racial Disparities in Healthcare, Study Suggests

Children with Crohn’s Disease Experience Racial Disparities in Healthcare, Study Suggests
shutterstock_168768398In a new review entitled “Racial Disparities in Readmission, Complications, and Procedures in Children with Crohn's Diseaseauthors describe ethnicity-based decisions in hospital care of children affected by Crohn’s disease. The review was published in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. The authors retrieved data from the Pediatric Health Information System, a large pediatric database of clinical data (laboratory, microbiology and radiology results) to determine how racial disparities impact Crohn's disease care and outcome in pediatric patients. The data was collected from patients younger than 21 years old who were hospitalized and diagnosed with Crohn's disease, and included 4,377 patients. The selection included white and black patients, randomly selected. The study determined, as its primary outcome, the time elapsed between hospital discharge and readmission, and as secondary outcomes the team assessed the rate of frequency in complications and hospital procedures. The authors found
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