- Treatment disparities affect emergency department patients with urinary stones.
Why this matters
- New data may help physicians address inconsistent care.
- Researchers reviewed the health records of patients seeking emergency department treatment for ureteral stones (n=1200; mean age, 45±15.6 years; 51% women; 40% Hispanic; 21% white; 15% non-Hispanic black; 20% other or multiracial).
- They used multivariate logistic regression models to examine associations between treatment outcomes and patient characteristics such as age, sex, race or ethnicity, BMI, socioeconomic status, and insurance status.
- Funding: None.
- Compared with those aged
- Aged 55-64 years: 0.48 (0.27-0.86; P=.01); or
- Aged ≥65 years: 0.46 (0.21-1.00; P=.05).
- Women were less likely than men to:
- Undergo diagnostic imaging: 0.52 (0.35-0.76; P=.001); or
- Receive alpha blockers: 0.68 (0.49-0.92; P=.014).
- Patients with the lowest socioeconomic status underwent less imaging than patients with the highest: 0.50 (0.27-0.90; P=.02).
- The study was retrospective.