Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Use of High-Quality Hospitals Among Thyroid Cancer Patients

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This study examined racial/ethnic differences in the use of high-quality hospitals among thyroid cancer patients. The study included adult patients diagnosed between 2004 and 2015 identified in the California Cancer Registry linked with hospital discharge records. Hospital quality was defined using a composite thyroid cancer-specific hospital quality score. Black (risk ratio [RR] 0.75, 95% CI 0.70–0.80), Hispanic (RR 0.73, 95% CI 0.71–0.75), and Asian/Pacific Islander patients (RR 0.86, 95% CI 0.84–0.89) were less likely to be treated in high-quality hospitals than non-Hispanic White patients. This disparity persisted after adjusting for insurance status and socioeconomic status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-488
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Investigation
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Thyroid cancer
  • health status disparities
  • high-volume hospitals
  • minority health
  • quality of care


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