Coronary Artery Disease Care
Multiple factors contribute to racial, gender and ethnic disparities in care for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). Increase your awareness of differences in risk factors and barriers to care.
Who’s at Risk?
In the United States, rates of hospitalization and mortality as a result of CAD
have increased for non-Caucasians but decreased for Caucasians.1
Black men and women were 30%2 more likely to die of heart disease, including CAD, than non-Hispanic white men and women.
By the time they’re 75, a woman’s risk of death from CAD is the same – or more than – a man’s risk. 3
Insight from Underserved CAD Patients
In order to help you understand how to best reach undertreated minority groups at the local level, Boston Scientific commissioned a market research study on traditionally underserved populations across the country. Researchers engaged with people who identified as being either at high risk or who have already been diagnosed with CAD in order to capture demographic, psycho-graphic and behavioral insights. Below is a snapshot of patients’ perceptions. You can also download a one-page summary.
What Can Help Underserved CAD Patients
Give Educational Materials
- 21% want educational materials about treatment options, clinical trials and care locations
- 19% want online education about health issues and conditions
- 19% want local financial support access
Increase Communication & Access
- 43% want online appointments
- 36% want being able to text a doctor’s office
- 36% want late night appointments
Connect with Your Patients
- 19% of people with CAD get nervous around doctors, which means that they might not feel comfortable telling you about symptoms or concerns
- As you know, that’s important since CAD often progresses over many years and you could intervene early if given the chance
Healthcare Disparity Details
Increase Clinical Research Diversity
A total of 72% of CAD patient respondents say they’re “somewhat” or “very” likely to participate in a clinical trial–but 77% have never been asked to participate in one. Learn about opportunities for increasing research diversity and find educational materials to inform your patients.
Who’s Going Untreated in Your Area?
Boston Scientific can provide you with a ZIP-code specific Disparity Index Report with epidemiological data on the health challenges impacting your community.
How Can Close The Gap Support You?
Boston Scientific dedicated Health Equity Consultants are here to build a personalized program
to help you target your at-risk demographics – at no expense to you.
1 Desai, R. et al. (2019). Racial and sex disparities in resource utilization and outcomes of multi-vessel percutaneous coronary interventions (a 5-year nationwide evaluation in the United States). Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy. 9(1). Pg 18-29