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Racial disparities in asthma, despite equal healthcare access

Even with equal access to healthcare, children have racial disparities in asthma, according to a study in theĀ Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. A retrospective cohort analysis, the study evaluated racial and ethnic differences in asthma prevalence, treatment patterns, and outcomes in a diverse population of children enrolled in TRICARE Prime, a Department of Defense benefit similar to a health maintenance organization. The cohort consisted of 822,900 children, 2 to 17 years old, who had equal access to healthcare and were continuously enrolled throughout 2007. Compared with white children, black and Hispanic children in all age categories were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with asthma, and black children of all ages were significantly more likely to have filled any prescriptions for inhaled corticosteroids.

 
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