Arbor Research Contributes to Research on Disparities in Dialysis

New research published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology examines whether adjustment for race in statistical models obscures or clarifies disparities in quality of care for minority groups on dialysis.

The authors concluded that accounting for racial differences within the facility helps to clarify disparities in care among patients on dialysis. The statistical adjustment that accommodates within-facility comparisons is important, because it could also clarify relationships between patient characteristics and health care provider outcomes in other settings.

CITATION:Kalbfleisch J, Wolfe R, Bell S, Sun R, Messana J, Shearon T, Ashby V, Padilla R, Zhang M, Turenne M, Pearson J, Dahlerus C, Li Y. Risk adjustment and the assessment of disparities in dialysis mortality outcomes. J Am Soc Nephrol 2015;26(11):2641-2645.
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