Hoffman, Heather J. and LaVerda, Nancy L. and Levine, Paul H. and Young, Heather A. and Alexander, Lisa M. and Patierno, Steven R.
BACKGROUND: Delays in follow-up after breast cancer screening contribute to disparities in breast cancer outcomes. The objective of this research was to determine the impact of race/ethnicity and health insurance on diagnostic time, defined as number of days from suspicious finding to diagnostic resolution. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study of 1538 women examined for breast abnormalities between 1998-2010 at 6 hospitals/clinics in the District of Columbia measured mean diagnostic times between non-Hispanic whites (NHWs), non-Hispanic blacks (NHBs), and Hispanics with private, government, or no health insurance by using a full-factorial ANOVA model. RESULTS: Respective average—geometric mean (95% CI)—diagnostic times (in days) for NHWs, NHBs, and Hispanics were 16 (12, 21), 27 (23, 33), and 51 (35, 76) among privately insured; 12 (7, 19), 39 (32, 48), and 71 (48, 105) among government insured; 45 (17, 120), 60 (39, 92), and 67 (56, 79) among uninsured. Government insured NHWs had significantly shorter diagnostic times than government insured NHBs (P = .0003) and Hispanics (P < .0001). Privately insured NHWs had significantly shorter diagnostic times than privately insured NHBs (P = .03) and Hispanics (P < .0001). Privately insured NHBs had significantly shorter diagnostic times than uninsured NHBs (P = .03). CONCLUSIONS: Insured minorities waited >2 times longer to reach their diagnostic resolution than insured NHWs. Having private health insurance increased the speed of diagnostic resolution in NHBs; however, their diagnostic time remained significantly longer than for privately insured NHWs. These results suggest diagnostic delays in minorities are more likely caused by other barriers associated with race/ethnicity than by insurance status. Cancer 2011;. © 2011 American Cancer Society.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||disparities; race; ethnicity; health insurance; breast cancer|
|Subjects:||Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthcare|
Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cancer
Research > studies
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|Date Deposited:||18 Aug 2011 12:26|
|Last Modified:||18 Aug 2011 12:26|
|Link to this item (URI):||http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3091|
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