Multiple Disparities Found Among Minority Children

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"Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Medical andDental Health, Access to Care and Use of Services in U.S. Children," Pediatrics:Using data from the National Survey of Children's Health, a 2003-2004 survey of parents andguardians of 102,353 children up to age 17, Glenn Flores of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Sandra Tomany-Korman of Signature Science analyzed medical and oral health, and healthcare measures for white, black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, AmericanIndian and multiracial children.

The study found numerous disparities,including in insurance rates, access to a usual source of care or specialtycare, unmet medical and dental needs, as well as increased odds of healthproblems. The study also found that certain disparities are particularly markedfor specific racial or ethnic groups and that many minority children experiencemultiple disparities (Flores/Tomany-Korman, Pediatrics, 1/14).

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