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Racial Disparities in Palliative Care Use Found Among Patients with Ovarian and Cervical Cancer

According to a study published in Data in Brief, disparities in palliative care use exist among patients with metastatic gynecological cancers, suggesting there is unequal treatment among these patients according to race/ethnicity.

If utilized correctly, the research team suggests these data can help inform the continued practice of health care providers who recommend treatment options for patients with gynecological cancers.

“Demonstrating that racial disparities in palliative care utilization among [patients with gynecologic cancers] exist may encourage health care providers to re-examine their treatment recommendations and improve equitable receipt of high-quality cancer care in the United States,” wrote the investigators who were led by Jessica Y. Islam PhD, MPH.

The main analysis found that 5% of all patients with gynecologic cancers in the population utilized palliative care….

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