The researchers concluded, “Sex, race, ethnicity, patient income, and insurance status were associated with disparities in evaluation of rectal bleeding.” They also added, “There is a need to standardize the evaluation of patients with rectal bleeding.”

Read the article abstract at:

Shields HM, Stoffel EM, Chung DC, Sequist TD, Li JW, Pelletier SR, Spencer J, Silk JM, Austin BL, Diguette S, Furbish JE, Lederman R, Weingart SN.Disparities in Evaluation of Patients With Rectal Bleeding 40 Years and Older. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 Jul 23. pii: S1542-3565(13)01048-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2013.07.008. [Epub ahead of print]

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