Title

Disparities in cancer care: an operative perspective

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Surgery

Date

5-8-2010

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Healthcare Disparities; Humans; Minority Groups; Neoplasms; United States

Disciplines

Surgery

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Health disparities in cancer care have been described and stem from a complex interplay of patient, provider, and instutional factors.

METHODS: A review of the literature describing disparities in aspects of cancer care was performed.

RESULTS: Disparities in outcomes including overall survival for minority populations have been demonstrated to exist for race, age, and socioeconomic status.

CONCLUSION: Disparities in cancer care and outcomes clearly exist for many poorly understood reasons. After a diagnosis of cancer, barriers to care may develop at multiple points along the course of the patient's disease.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Surgery. 2010 May;147(5):733-7. Epub 2009 Dec 3. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

19962161