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Socioeconomic status linked with outcomes and survival in patients treated for non-small cell lung cancer


  • In this study, patients living in rural areas had a 30% decreased likelihood of overall survival and long-term outcomes.
  • Having access to only community hospitals adversely affected survival.
  • Having surgery performed in a high-volume hospital decreased mortality risk by 31% and increased textbook outcome likelihood by 93%, compared to having surgery completed in a low-volume hospital.
  • Black patients were 31% less likely to achieve optimal, textbook outcomes than were white patients.
  • The authors say policymakers should ensure equitable access to surgery and multimodality therapy to be sure all patients receive the best care. They also say surgeons and other care providers can strategically allocate resources and target interventions to counter the effects of SDH inequities.

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