Racial and Economic Disparities Among Parkinson's Patients
In this five-minute video, Dr. Lisa Shulman, professor of neurology and co-director of the Maryland Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, discusses a study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine which showed that African American patients and patients with lower socioeconomic status have more advanced disease and greater disability when they seek treatment from Parkinson's disease specialists.
Researchers who participated in this study found that race, education and income were significant and independent factors in determining a patient's level of disability. The disparities in health care are associated with greater disease severity and earlier loss of independence. This study was published in the December 13, 2010, online edition of Archives of Neurology.