Study Finds Disparity in Critical Care Deaths Between Non-Minority and Minority Hospitals

While deaths steadily declined over a decade in intensive care units at hospitals with few minority patients, in ICUs with large numbers of minority patients, there was less improvement, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The disparity was most pronounced among critically ill African American patients.

In “Temporal Trends in Critical Care Outcomes in United States Minority Serving Hospitals,” lead author John Danziger, MD, MPhil, and colleagues report on their analysis of nearly 1.1 million patients hospitalized at more than 200 hospitals that participated in the telehealth platform provided by Philips Healthcare from 2006-16.

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