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Racial disparities exist among living kidney donors, post donation: Research

May 20, 2017

"Educating patients and encouraging them to come back during visits near the termination of OB care are ways to increase the number of women who continue using health care between pregnancies," Marsiglia said. The time between pregnancies, called the interconception period, can be a time to address folic acid consumption before conception, family planning and pregnancy risks such as hypertension and diabetes.

"The program is very similar to the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program in California that encourages educating patients throughout the antepartum period," said Peyman Banooni, M.D., an OB/GYN specialist who serves the Hispanic population in two downtown Los Angeles clinics. "Cultural sensitivity, resolving language barriers, educating patients about the system and longer health insurance coverage after delivery will definitely improve access to care and health outcomes."

However, he said "the assumption that by patients coming to postpartum visit, it will lead to better health outcomes for the patients" needs to be proven in further studies." He also said that the findings can only be applied to similar populations and not necessarily all Latino populations.

"Medical personnel are asked to do more and more and often they cannot humanly respond to all of those demands," Marsiglia said. "Cost-effective interventions like Familias Sanas can be relatively easy to implement and can significantly improve providers' and patients' outcomes."

Source : Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center