The Abstract from a recent Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology article addressed “Healthcare Disparities in Interventional Radiology.” Here is the abstract but you can read the full article by clicking the link below.
Healthcare Disparities in Interventional Radiology – Premal S. Trivedi, MD, MSc, Bernardo Guerra, MD, Vishal Kumar, MD, Goke Akinwande, MD, Derek West, MD, MS, Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh, MD, Gloria Salazar, MD, Paul Rochon, MD, – September 01, 2022
Racial, ethnic, and sex-based healthcare disparities have been documented for the past several decades. Nonetheless, disparities remain firmly entrenched in our care delivery systems, with multiple contributing factors, including patient interactions with care providers, systemic barriers to access, and socioeconomic determinants of health. Interventional radiology is also subject to these drivers of health inequity. In this review, documented disparities for the most common conditions being addressed by interventional radiologists are summarized; their magnitude is quantified where relevant, and underlying drivers are identified. Specific examples are provided to illustrate how medical, cultural, and socioeconomic factors interact to produce unequal outcomes. By outlining known disparities and common contributors, this review aims to motivate future efforts to mitigate them.