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July 26, 2013: Dr. Edward Yelin—Explaining the causes of disparities by race/ethnicity in SLE

July 26, 2013: Dr. Edward Yelin—Explaining the causes of disparities by race/ethnicity in SLE

Abstract: It has long been known that members of racial and ethnic minorities have higher rates of incidence and poorer prognosis after onset of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, research over the past decade, including some by Dr. Yelin and colleagues, has shown that the poorer prognosis among members of minority groups is mainly the result of lower socioeconomic status. In this talk, Dr. Yelin will describe research conducted at UCSF to establish the reasons for the poorer prognosis, including both the nature of the interactions with the health care system and the characteristics of the communities in which they reside. Although health care reform in the U.S. will reduce the number of uninsured, it is built on the current organization of care. The talk will describe the characteristics of the current health care system which perpetuate disparities in prognosis by the disadvantaged.

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