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    ABSTRACT: Despite significant progress in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases, African Americans continue to exhibit disproportionately higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke when compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the United States (Adler and Newman K 2002). A significant body of literature suggests race may be a contributing factor in misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, as well as, the scope and veracity of treatment once diagnosed with a chronic illness (Peterson, Wright, Daley and Thibault, 1994). More importantly, African Americans have a higher mortality rate than white Americans which are often curable or at least treatable (Hayward, Crimmins, Miles and Yu, 2000). This paper examines the extent to which race and socioeconomic status impacts the rate at which African Americans acquire chronic illnesses, access to healthcare and mortality rates for specific chronic illnesses.
    SSRN Electronic Journal 02/2009; DOI:10.2139/ssrn.1344908
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    ABSTRACT: Despite significant progress in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases, African Americans continue to exhibit disproportionately higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke when compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the United States (Adler and Newman 2002). A significant body of literature suggests that racism and or discrimination may be a contributing factor in the misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, as well as, the scope and veracity of treatment once African Americans are diagnosed with a chronic illness or disease (Peterson, Wright, Daley and Thibault, 1994). Additionally, African Americans have a higher mortality rate than white Americans when diagnosed with chronic illnesses and diseases which are curable or at least treatable (Hayward, Crimmins, Miles and Yu, 2000). This paper examines key factors which may impact disparities in mortality rates observed between African Americans and other racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
    SSRN Electronic Journal 07/2009; DOI:10.2139/ssrn.1437507

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