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Data Analytics Identifies Health Disparities In Pregnancy Outcomes

Health IT Analytics reports on HSS study results presented at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2021 annual meeting finding outcomes among pregnant women with lupus have improved over time but racial and ethnic minority patients are still disproportionately impacted.

HSS rheumatologists Bella Mehta, MBBS, MS, MD, lead study author, and Lisa R. Sammaritano, MD, co-study author, used data from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) to conduct a retrospective cross-sectional analysis of lupus and pregnancy-related hospital admissions from 2008 to 2017.

Dr. Mehta explained, “We’re happy to see pregnancy outcomes improved over time in all of the groups studied, however, improvements were more evident in some groups than others. African Americans and Hispanics continue to have poor pregnancy outcomes. Further study is warranted to determine where resources are needed to improve access and care for these patients.”

 “This kind of large database study is very useful in looking at this type of problem across the country as a whole, rather than a study focused on a single hospital system, as most other studies do,” Sammaritano added.

Read the full article at HealthITanalytics.com.