DEXA use varies across racial groups

Sunday, November 26 | 1:50 p.m.-2:00 p.m. | S4-SSMK02-5 | Room E353C

In this session, evidence will be presented that suggests disparities exist across racial and ethnic groups in the use of dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans around the time of hip fractures.

Presenter Katelyn Rudisill, a medical student at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and colleagues studied records on 58,099 patients from the 2014 to 2016 Medicare Standard Analytic Files (SAF) PearlDiver dataset. Of these, 19.8% had a DEXA scan before fracture, and 3.9% had one following their fracture, according to the group; 91% of the group identified as white and 9% as non-white (Native American, Black, Hispanic, Asian, or other).

Prior to hip fracture, 20.3% of white patients had a DEXA scan, compared with 14.7% of Asians, 14.4% of Hispanics, 14% of Blacks, 10.7% of Native Americans, and 16.4% of “Other” patients, according to the analysis.

“Varying use of DEXA scans for different racial/ethnic groups highlights disparities in the healthcare system – which may negatively impact care outcomes among disadvantaged groups,” the group noted.

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