Disparities in Utilization of Outpatient Rehabilitative Care Following Hip Fracture Hospitalization With Respect to Race and Ethnicity

Tracy U. Nguyen-Oghalai, Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, Yong fang Kuo, Helen Wu, Michael Grecula, Karl Eschbach, James S. Goodwin

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Abstract

Nguyen-Oghalai TU, Ottenbacher KJ, Kuo Y-F, Wu H, Grecula M, Eschbach K, Goodwin JS. Disparities in utilization of outpatient rehabilitative care following hip fracture hospitalization with respect to race and ethnicity. Objective: To compare the prevalence of discharge home to self-care after hip fracture hospitalization among the elderly in 3 racial groups: whites, Hispanics, and blacks. Design: Secondary data analysis. Setting: US hospitals. Participants: Patients (N=34,203) aged 65 and older with Medicare insurance discharged after hip fracture hospitalization between 2001 and 2005. Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measure: Discharge home to self-care. Results: Bivariate analyses showed higher rates of discharge home to self-care among minorities, 16.4% for Hispanics, 8.7% for blacks, and 5.9% for whites. Hispanics had 3-fold higher odds of being discharged home to self-care, and blacks had about 50% higher odds of being discharged home to self-care after adjusting for age, sex, Klabunde's comorbidity index, income, year of admission, type of hip fracture, surgical stabilization procedure, and length of hospital stay. Conclusions: The higher rate of discharge home to self-care among minorities underscores the risk of suboptimal outpatient rehabilitative care among minorities with hip fracture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)560-563
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume90
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Hip Fractures
  • Medicare
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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