Accounting for apparent "reverse" racial disparities in department of veterans affairs (VA) - based medical care: Influence of Out-of-VA care

Andrea D. Gurmankin, Daniel Polsky, Kevin G. Volpp

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Abstract

Conclusions regarding racial differences in care following a newly elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may differ depending on whether follow-up care outside the VA is considered. Consecutive Philadelphia, Pa, VA patients with newly elevated PSA tests (n = 183) were interviewed 1 year after baseline. Among exclusive VA users, Blacks had higher rates of urology referrals and prostate biopsies compared with Whites. However, these racial differences were attenuated when care obtained outside the VA also was considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2076-2078
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume94
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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