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By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jul 13, 2022

Alzheimer’s Association Calls for Diversity in Clinical Trial Participation

Access to health care and the opportunity to achieve optimal health should not depend on where people live, their socioeconomic status, or their race and ethnicity, but as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, that is not always the case. COVID-related disparities served to shine a light on other areas of…more.

By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jun 29, 2022

Driving Equity in Gout Care

Throughout 2022, Real World Health Care is covering the issue of racial and ethnic health disparities. This week, we explore the topic through the lens of gout, a type of arthritis that has a higher prevalence among racial and ethnic minorities, especially Blacks, than whites. Michael Spigler, vice president of…more.

Categories: Health Disparities
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jun 15, 2022

Cancer Research Belongs in the Community

Studies have shown that cancer disproportionately impacts racial and ethnic minority groups, however, these groups remain underrepresented in cancer clinical trials.1,2,3 With unique insights into issues facing underrepresented patient populations, the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) recently developed consensus-driven recommendations to improve diversity, equity and accessibility in cancer research.…more.

Categories: Health Disparities
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jun 1, 2022

Fighting for Equitable Representation in Alzheimer’s Research

Social determinants of health (SDOH) have long-term, far-reaching, and not always obvious ramifications in people’s lives, including their risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). These disparities were made clear by a 2020 report issued by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and the Urban Institute. The report found that deep social inequities –…more.

By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  May 4, 2022

Are All Gout Patients Getting the Treatment They Need?

More than 9.2 million Americans live with gout, but only 10 percent of people with gout are getting the ongoing treatment they need. The lack of proper treatment is particularly acute among Black patients, who have a 25 percent higher prevalence of the disease but are much less likely to…more.

Categories: Health Disparities
By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Mar 9, 2022

Precision Medicine: Eliminating Disparities in Lung Cancer Care

Precision medicine – treatments that are based on an individual’s specific genetics and the cancer cell’s genes – holds great promise for lung cancer patients. For all patients, precision medicine is made possible through a type of advanced diagnostic testing called biomarker testing. However, for some racial and ethnic minorities,…more.

By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jan 26, 2022

Dramatic Health Inequities Are Pervasive across the United States

A study published by the Commonwealth Fund in late 2021 found that health systems across the United States are failing people of color. According to the study, Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity in U.S. Health Care: A Scorecard of State Performance, Black Americans in nearly every state are more likely…more.

Categories: Health Disparities
By Krista Zodet, President, HealthWell Foundation  |  Jan 12, 2022

Ahead in 2022: Health Equity and Chronic Diseases in the Spotlight

As I sat down to write my year-end column for 2021, I was struck by how much had changed over the course of the year…and how much remains the same. Thanks to the efforts of brilliant scientists, dedicated clinicians and determined citizens, we now have readily available vaccines (and boosters)…more.

Categories: General
By Dr. Kelvin Moses and Robert Ginyard  |  Sep 16, 2020

Physicians and Patients Both Have a Role to Play in Eradicating Health Disparities Among African-Americans

Editor’s Note: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Real World Health Care would like to thank ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer for reminding us that prostate cancer disproportionately affects Black patients, as detailed in the following article from their Journey to ZERO blog. We invite our subscribers…more.

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