J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Scholar in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, conducted an investigation that found elderly African-American and Hispanic hospital patients suffered greater numbers of complications even when corrected for confounding factors.
“The risk of developing a post operative complication may be attributed to a number of factors,” lead study author Dr. Brooks Carthon said in the press release. “Most pronounced, however, was the effect of pre-existing medical conditions.”
Researchers found that when hospital and patient characteristics were factored into the numbers, the rate of complications for blacks and Hispanics dropped considerably.
The research has been publicized in a report published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.