From American Journal of Managed Care

Integrated health systems may have better cancer survival rates

Long-term study shows lower overall mortality among cancer patients, especially Black and Latinx

June 10, 2021

A long-term study of about 164,000 adults with eight common cancers suggests that patients diagnosed and treated within an integrated healthcare system such as Kaiser Permanente may have a better chance of survival than those diagnosed in hospitals served by traditional health insurance plans. The study, co-authored by Reina Haque, PhD, KPSOM Professor of Health System Science and a cancer epidemiologist with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation, surveyed patients diagnosed and treated from 2009 to 2014 and followed their post-treatment progress through 2017. The data further showed that among the cancer patients diagnosed and treated in more traditional, non-integrated healthcare systems, the risk of death was 14 percent higher among African Americans and 23 percent higher among Latinos.

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