Study reveals racial differences in the use of rehabilitation services

In a Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study of 6309 community-dwelling Medicare enrollees (1276 of whom reported receiving rehabilitation services in the previous 12 months), the likelihood of receiving rehabilitation services was 1.4-times greater in whites than in blacks.

Of those receiving therapy, whites were more likely to receive home-based and inpatient rehabilitation services (rather than outpatient services), but there were no in improvement in function.

"In this sample, a higher proportion of blacks had the lowest functional ability while having lower use of . Our findings suggest that further work is needed to examine possible barriers to accessing rehabilitation for older black Americans, as use may have the potential to improve Medicare-wide differences in functioning by race," said lead author Dr. Tamra Keeney, of the MGH Institute of Health Professions.


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More information: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2017). DOI: 10.1111/jgs.15136
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