The impact of race/ethnicity on preoperative time to hip stabilization procedure after hip fracture

Tracy U. Nguyen-Oghalai, Yong Fang Kuo, Helen Wu, Navkiran K. Shokar, Michael Grecula, Steven Tincher, Kenneth Ottenbacher

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Background:: We sought to examine the preoperative time for hip stabilization procedure among Hispanics, non-Hispanic blacks (blacks) and non-Hispanic whites (whites). Methods:: This was a secondary data analysis using Medicare claims data. Our analysis included 40,321 patients admitted for hip fracture hospitalization from 2001-2005. Our primary analysis was generalized linear modeling, and our dependent variable was preoperative time. Our independent variable was race/ethnicity (Hispanics, blacks versus whites), and covariates were age, gender, income, type of hip fracture and comorbidities. Results:: Bivariate analyses showed that both Hispanics and blacks experienced a longer preoperative time (P < 0.01). The average (mean) of days to surgery was 1.2 for whites, 1.6 for blacks and 1.7 for Hispanics. The delayed preoperative time among Hispanics and blacks persisted after adjusting for covariates. Conclusions:: The delayed preoperative time among minorities suggests the need to closely monitor care among minorities with hip fracture to determine how to best address their developing needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-418
Number of pages5
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Disparities
  • Hip fractures
  • Hispanic
  • Medicare
  • Preoperative time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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