Peripheral Artery Disease Care
Multiple factors contribute to racial, ethnic and gender-based disparities in care for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Deepen your knowledge of risk factors and barriers to care.
Who’s at Risk?
It’s estimated that 6.5 million people in the U.S. over age 40 have PAD,
and women with PAD have a higher mortality associated with PAD than males.1
American Indians and people of African descent have the highest rates of PAD in the United States.
Blacks have twice the rate of PAD than Caucasians at any given age.2
Insight from Underserved PAD 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 PAD 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 PAD Patients
Give Educational Materials
- 78% want additional information about treatment options
- 40% want their treatment options written out
- 78% are searching for treatment options online
Increase Communication & Access
- 38% want online appointments
- 38% are looking to text with their doctor’s office
- 30% ask for weekend appointments
Connect with Your Patients
- 36% of people with PAD get nervous around doctors, which means that they might not feel comfortable telling you about symptoms or concerns
- It may help to ask patients if they feel like they have a strong support system, and what might help
Healthcare Disparity Details
Increase Clinical Research Diversity
A total of 78% of PAD patient respondents say they’re “somewhat” or “very" likely to participate in a clinical trial – but 70% 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 about which diseases are impacting your community and the disparity in treatment.
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 American Heart Association (2019). Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2019 update.
2 Shu, J. Santulli, G. (2018). Update on peripheral artery disease: epidemiology and evidence-based facts. Atherosclerosis.