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Treatment Underuse in Prostate Cancer Rare, Disproportionately Affects Black Men

Jason Harris
Published: Thursday, Dec 14, 2017

“Most concerning is the concentration of system failures among black men, the group with the highest mortality from prostate cancer. Men treated at both the municipal and academic hospitals experienced system failures that potentially could have been avoided had the institutions used their EMRs to identify these gaps,” Bickell et al wrote.

“Both institutions had EMRs that contained gap report and best practice alert capabilities, yet neither facility used these capabilities to assess and ensure cancer care quality. The fact that several men continued to receive their medical care at these institutions reinforces critical missed opportunities to improve cancer care and potentially reduce racial disparities in cancer outcomes.”
Bickell NA, Lin JJ, Abramson SR, et al. Racial disparities in clinically significant prostate cancer treatment: The potential health information technology offers [published online ahead of print December 1, 2017]. J Oncol Pract. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2017.025957.

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