Racial, ethnic disparities for patients exist in use of open reduction, internal fixation

Published results showed Black and Hispanic patients had lower utilization of open reduction and internal fixation surgery for distal radius fractures compared with white patients.
Trista M. Benítez, MPH, and colleagues from the University of Michigan analyzed retrospective data from 26,874 patients (mean age of 64.6 years) who underwent surgery for a distal radius fracture between Jan. 1, 2016, and Nov. 30, 2019.
According to the study, 14,037 patients (52.2%) were at least 65 years old and eligible for Medicare; 2,805 patients (10.4%) were Hispanic; 1,492 patients (5.6%) were Black; 20,548

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