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Accounting for Apparent "Reverse" Racial Disparities in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-Based Medical Care: Influence of Out-of-VA Care

Gurmankin, Andrea D and Polsky, Daniel and Volpp, Kevin G (2004) Accounting for Apparent "Reverse" Racial Disparities in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-Based Medical Care: Influence of Out-of-VA Care. American Journal of Public Health, 9 (12). pp. 2076-2078. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

Conclusions regarding racial differences in care following a nelwy elevated prosate-specific antigen (PSA) test at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may differ depending on whether follow-up care outside the VA is considered. Consecutive Philadelphia, Pa, VA patients with newly elevated PSA tests (n=183) were interviewed 1 year after baseline. Among exclusive VA users, Blacks had higher rates of urology referrals and prostate biopsies compared with Whites. However, these racial differences were attenuated when care obtained outside the VA also was considered.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: racial disparities, Department of Veterans Affairs, VA, blacks, whites, prostate-specific antigen, PSA
Subjects: Health > Disparities
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 10:13
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/147

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