Burden of COPD, asthma, and concomitant COPD and asthma among adults: racial disparities in a medicaid population.

@article{Shaya2009BurdenOC,
  title={Burden of COPD, asthma, and concomitant COPD and asthma among adults: racial disparities in a medicaid population.},
  author={Fadia Tohm{\'e} Shaya and Mark S Maneval and Confidence M Gbarayor and Kyongsei Sohn and Anand A. Dalal and Dongyi Du and Steven M. Scharf},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2009},
  volume={136 2},
  pages={405-411}
}
BACKGROUND Asthma and COPD are characterized by substantial racial disparities in morbidity and mortality. We hypothesized that because African-American patients with these conditions experience greater mortality and morbidity than their white counterparts, they would use more health-care resources when no difference in health insurance exists. METHODS A retrospective, population-based cohort study was conducted using Maryland Medicaid Managed Care patient encounter data. We compared health… CONTINUE READING

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