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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Kleinman LC, Howell EA
Equity and the hazard of veiled injustice: a methodological reflection on risk adjustment.
The researchers report that in the context of quality improvement research, risk adjustment (RA) methods can obscure disparities in health care. In this study the researchers address the impact of considering equity when conducting risk adjustments in pediatric health, and describe the danger of veiled justice, a type of overadjustment that takes place when risk adjustments obscure real disparities because more than one covariate, such as race and socioeconomic status, are on related causal paths. Underadjustment can occur when these same structural characteristics are not addressed when calculating models of payment. The purpose of this study was to describe the literature and present a conceptual framework that identifies these two problems for validity related to the interactions between risk adjustment and health equity in pediatric health care. The researchers conclude that the science of quality improvement must address issues of health equity as an essential construct, with the development of a specific conceptual model. Statistical analysis should be interpreted using the conceptual model, and the dynamics of child development and life course should also be addressed, as well as additional contextual and process factors such as the role of caregivers and public insurance, the epidemiology of the disease, family financial status, and others. The goal of RA is to make valid conclusions such that observed differences can be attributed to the relevant causes. When higher risk is attributed to social determinants and not disease differences, RA can obscure disparities (veiled injustice) and differences at the population level and experienced by individuals are falsely hidden. Not addressing these same structural characteristics when calculating models of payment can lead to patterns of underadjustment. The authors advise that these 2 sides of a similar coin reveal the critical importance of both the underlying model and the capacity to reliably evaluate disparities and quality.
AHRQ-funded; HS020518; 233201550088A.
Citation: Kleinman LC, Howell EA . Equity and the hazard of veiled injustice: a methodological reflection on risk adjustment. Pediatrics 2022 Mar;149(Suppl 3). doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-045948G.
Keywords: Children/Adolescents, Disparities, Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Risk
Mallela DP, Canner JK, Zarkowsky DS
Association between race and perioperative outcomes after carotid endarterectomy for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in NSQIP.
This study investigated the association of race on carotid endarterectomy (CEA) outcomes. Perioperative outcomes (at 30 days) were compared for Black vs. White patients adjusting for age/sex, comorbidities and disease characteristics. Out of 16,764 patients from the ACS-NSQIP targeted vascular database (2011-2019), 95.2% were White and 4.8% were Black. Black patients were slightly younger and more frequently (79.5% vs 74.0%) had high-grade carotid artery stenosis compared to White patients. Comorbidities including hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease were all more prevalent among Black patients. Crude perioperative stroke and stroke/death were higher for Black patients, but myocardial infarction leading to death were similar. After adjusting for baseline differences between groups, the risk of perioperative stroke and stroke/death remained significantly higher for Black patients than White patients.
Citation: Mallela DP, Canner JK, Zarkowsky DS . Association between race and perioperative outcomes after carotid endarterectomy for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in NSQIP. J Am Coll Surg 2022 Jan;234(1):65-73. doi: 10.1097/xcs.0000000000000016..
Keywords: Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Surgery, Cardiovascular Conditions, Stroke, Risk, Adverse Events
Patel M, Phillips-Caesar E, Boutin-Foster C
Attitudes and beliefs regarding cardiovascular risk factors among Bangladeshi immigrants in the US.
The researchers conducted a qualitative study using individual in-depth interviews to explore attitudes towards and difficulties with modifying cardiovascular disease related behaviors among a Bangladeshi cohort. Bangladeshi individuals in this study cited a combination of internal and external factors as barriers to lifestyle modification. The authors recommended interventions to address these barriers that simultaneously address self-efficacy and work-life balance.
Citation: Patel M, Phillips-Caesar E, Boutin-Foster C . Attitudes and beliefs regarding cardiovascular risk factors among Bangladeshi immigrants in the US. J Immigr Minor Health 2014 Oct;16(5):994-1000. doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9868-7.
Keywords: Cardiovascular Conditions, Lifestyle Changes, Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Risk