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Meagher AD, Beadles CA, Doorey J
Racial and ethnic disparities in discharge to rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury.
The authors investigate racial disparities in discharge destination (inpatient rehabilitation vs skilled nursing facility vs home health vs home) following traumatic brain injury. They found that Hispanic and black patients were significantly less likely to be discharged to a higher level of rehabilitation than similarly matched non-Hispanic white patients. This disparity persisted in the subgroup examination of older adults with uniform Medicare coverage.
Citation: Meagher AD, Beadles CA, Doorey J . Racial and ethnic disparities in discharge to rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury. J Neurosurg 2015 Mar;122(3):595-601. doi: 10.3171/2014.10.jns14187..
Keywords: Disparities, Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Brain Injury, Rehabilitation, Hospital Discharge