Racial disparities in healthcare impact post-surgery outcomes

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A new report in Pediatrics investigated whether black children were likely to have more complications and greater mortality following surgery than their white peers.

In a recent video interview, Dr. Washington Hill of Sarasota, FL discussed the existence and impact of racial disparities in healthcare. Multiple studies have illustrated these outcomes.

A new report in Pediatrics investigated whether black children were likely to have more complications and greater mortality following surgery than white peers.

Although researchers discussed some of the study’s limitations, they did find that black children were linked to a higher risk of complications and mortality following an operation, even in children who are apparently healthy. The findings, noted the authors, do not represent causality between race and post-surgery complications, but that the association is strong.

Learn more about the study here.

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