Michigan State University Study Reveals Minority Children Die at Higher Rates

Michigan State University Study Reveals Minority Children Die at Higher Rates

Two Michigan State University and Spectrum Health researchers have uncovered that Black and Hispanic children admitted to pediatric intensive care units for cancer treatment die at increasingly higher rates than do Caucasian children.

Study Background

Titled "Racial/Ethnic Minority Children with Cancer Experience Higher Mortality on Admission to the ICU in the United States" recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine was based on the data gleaned from a national Virtual Pediatric Systems databases covering 12,232 patients and 23,128 intensive care admissions between 2009 and 2018.

Social Determinants of Health

Researchers Rajasekaran and Laurens suspect that genetic and environmental factors may play some role in the results the researchers suspect that social determinants of health, from poverty and lack of access to primary care and access to healthy food could play a key contributing role. About 21% of all U.S. children live in poverty, and the rates for African American and Latin youth are two to three times higher.

Access, or lack thereof, represents a fundamental challenge as children likely are in more advanced stages of c...

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