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Article Highlights Differences in Stroke Care for Ethnic and Minority Groups

admin - June 1, 2011

A recent WebMD Health News article reports that the American Heart Association (AHA) wants better focus on preventing strokes in racial and minority groups, particularly American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics and African Americans, because their risk factors are higher than in whites. What’s more, the people within these ethnic and minority groups are less likely to know the symptoms of stroke  and/or to get the proper care. And the latter, at times, can be due to racial bias.

To explain their reasoning, the article cites AHA Stroke Ambassador, Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD, MPH, of St. Louis University: “We see disparities in every aspect of stroke care, from lack of awareness of stroke risk factors, and symptoms to delayed arrival to the emergency room and increased waiting time,” he stated in a news release. “These disparities continue throughout the spectrum of the delivery of care, from acute treatment to rehabilitation.”

Besides what is pointed out above, it is noted that many situations play a role in this “Racial, ethnic gap in stroke care,” the title of this article. These can stem from limited access to insurance to cultural and language barriers to the mere knowledge of racial bias in the health care system, which may affect the patient’s decision to even trust a doctor’s treatment advice.

Another quote by Cruz-Flores sums up the article to say it is: “striking that we are in the 21st century, with many advances in stroke care, yet we are still struggling to fix the differences that are present not only in the distribution of the disease but also in the level of care we provide to the different racial and ethnic groups.”

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