This study, led by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, examines opportunities to improve inequitable postoperative outcomes by evaluating unmet social health needs by race, ethnicity, and insurance type.
Outcomes included poor health status (self-reported), socioeconomic status (income, education, employment), and unmet social health needs (food, housing, transportation).
A total of 14,471,501 surgical patients from the 2008-2018 National Health Interview Survey were included in the analysis.
The findings included:
In adjusted analysis, poor health status was independently linked to unmet social health needs, including:
The researchers concluded that as providers and policy makers prioritize the improvement of surgical equity, unmet social health needs should be targeted.Read More >>