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Phase II: Literature Review: Racial Disparities in Use of Selected Medical Technologies

This report is the second of a three-phase series investigating the prevalence of racial and ethnic disparities in the use of selected medical technologies. In Phase I, we presented initial evidence of gaps in access for a broad range of cardiovascular, neurovascular, orthopedic, respiratory, and preventive interventions.

In this Phase II analysis, we set out to understand from the medical literature the factors that contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in utilization for five procedures from the initial Phase I gap analysis—three cardiovascular procedures (cardiac ablation, angioplasty, transcatheter aortic valve replacement) and two neurovascular procedures (mechanical thrombectomy and thrombolysis).

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