Hispanic and African American adult brain tumor patients treated at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center compared to Los Angeles County and Torrance, California

Carlito Lagman, Daniel T. Nagasawa, Debraj Mukherjee, Chirag G. Patil, Duc H. Duong, Duncan Q. McBride, Isaac Yang

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Abstract

The objective of this study is to shed light on racial disparities among Hispanic and African American adult brain tumor patients treated at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center compared to the general populations of Los Angeles County (LAC) and Torrance, California (CA). A retrospective review of patients admitted to the neurosurgery service at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center during years 2006 through 2010 was performed. Government census data was queried and pertinent national statistics were retrieved. Brain tumor patients at Harbor-UCLA were compared to the general populations of LAC and Torrance. A total of 271 patients were included in the study. The mean age was 46.9 years. Hispanics comprised the majority of neurosurgical patients (n = 151, 55.7%), followed by African Americans (n = 35, 12.9%). A greater percentage of Hispanic patients were treated at Harbor-UCLA relative to the general Hispanic populations of LAC and Torrance (p < .001). A greater percentage of African American patients were treated at Harbor-UCLA relative to the general African American populations of LAC and Torrance (p = .035 and p < .001, respectively). Our data revealed significant racial disparities amid the Harbor-UCLA Hispanic and African American patient populations compared to the general Angeleno populations of LAC and Torrance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • African American
  • Ethnicity
  • Hispanic
  • Neurosurgery
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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