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Despite being a rare condition, sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the US. But it does seem to affect discriminately; despite only 70,000-80,000 Americans suffering from it, sickle cell disease is diagnosed in 1 in every 500 African Americans.
This is not an uncommon circumstance in medicine. Unfortunately, neither is healthcare disparity—the wide gap of positive versus negative care outcomes that seems to split US patients by ethnicity.
In the final portion of an interview with HCPLive®, sickle cell researcher Ken Ataga, MD, of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, discussed the plentiful work needed to be done in order to lessen the healthcare disparity gap, particularly in this disease.
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