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Disparities in Cystic Fibrosis Care and Outcome: Socioeconomic Status and Beyond

Eitan Kerem, MD; Malena Cohen-Cymberknoh, MD
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CORRESPONDENCE TO: Eitan Kerem, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Mount Scopus, POB 24035 Jerusalem, Israel 91240


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(2):298-300. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2015.08.021
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The effect of socioeconomic status (SES) on health is well established. People with higher incomes, better jobs, and more years of schooling tend to be healthier and live longer whereas lower SES is linked to a number of factors that influence health status, including access to health care, health behaviors, lifestyle factors, chronic stress, and environmental and neighborhood exposures. Health disparities can result from limited access to clinical care owing to lack of availability on a national or local level, to limited family resources that restrict access to specialized services or therapy (financial of physical), or to lack of knowledge or education regarding how the disease should be treated, resulting in poor adherence to therapy.

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