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New Study Shows African American Seniors Receive Fewer Life-Saving Surgeries than Whites

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A major study examining differences in the health care that black and white seniors receive will be published in the Aug. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and conducted by a research team led by Ashish Jha, M.D., M.P.H., and Arnold Epstein, M.D., M.A., of the Harvard School of Public Health, and Elliott Fisher, M.D., M.P.H., of Dartmouth Medical School, found that during the 1990's, up to 2001, blacks received significantly fewer surgeries that help seniors live better and longer lives compared to whites.