-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- Gaps in care for black and
white U.S. veterans have been reduced over the past decade as the
VA Health Care System improved access to screenings and treatment
of high-risk conditions among all patients. But major disparities
persist in control of cholesterol, diabetes and high blood
pressure, a new study says.
Researchers assessed 10 clinical performance measures among a
national sample of more than 1.2 million VA enrollees between 2000
"The VA has narrowed care gaps that are directly under the control of the providers -- ordering tests, referring to the appropriate specialist, and conducting screenings," study author Amal Trivedi, a research investigator at the Providence VA Medical Center and an assistant professor at Brown University's medical school, said in a news release.
But he and his colleagues found as much as a 9 percent
difference between black and white veterans in measures indicating
whether patients' blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes were
Not only do these three conditions affect how healthy people are
and how long they live, they also have a major impact on health
The reasons for the racial disparities aren't known and further
research is needed, Trivedi said.
The study appears in the April issue of the journal
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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