Essays on Health Care Quality and Access: Cancer Care Disparities, Composite Measure Development, and Geographic Variations in Electronic Health Record Adoption

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Title: Essays on Health Care Quality and Access: Cancer Care Disparities, Composite Measure Development, and Geographic Variations in Electronic Health Record Adoption
Author: Samuel, Cleo Alda
Citation: Samuel, Cleo Alda. 2014. Essays on Health Care Quality and Access: Cancer Care Disparities, Composite Measure Development, and Geographic Variations in Electronic Health Record Adoption. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
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Abstract: Racial/ethnic disparities in cancer care are well documented in the research literature; however, less is known about the extent and potential source of cancer care disparities in the Veterans Health Administration (VA). In my first paper, I use logistic regression and hospital fixed effects models to examine racial disparities in 20 cancer-related quality measures and the extent to which racial differences in site of care explain VA cancer care disparities. I found evidence of racial disparities in 7 out of 20 cancer-related quality measures. In general, these disparities were primarily driven by racial differences in care for black and white patients within the same VA hospital, rather than racial differences in site of care.
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