Variation in Hospital Utilization for Cardiovascular Surgical Procedures in Texas

Parag S. Kunte, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Abstract

Kunte Parag S., Variation in Hospital Utilization for Cardiovascular Surgical Procedures in Texas. Master of Public Health (Clinical Research), December 2007, 45 pp., 5 tables, references, 39 titles. Racial and ethnic differences in hospital utilization for cardiovascular surgeries have been studied for many years, but most of this research is limited to the Medicare or veteran population. The present study extends to the wider Tecas population including all insurance types, and includes non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics, and others. This retrospective cross-sectional study examines racial/ethnic differences in the utilization of cardiac procedures. Results suggest that racial and ethnic differences in the utilization of cardiac procedures exist in Texas and are observed across all types of insurance.