HRSA Researchers Acknowledged

HRSA senior scientist and health equity advisor Gopal Singh (OHE) and economist Claire Lin (OPAE) have been acknowledged in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, for groundbreaking work using "Area Deprivation Indexes."

 

HRSA senior scientist and health equity advisor Gopal Singh (OHE) and economist Claire Lin (OPAE) have been acknowledged in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, for groundbreaking work using "Area Deprivation Indexes HRSA Exit Disclaimer." Developed by Singh, the indexes repeatedly have shown a link between high-poverty neighborhoods, lower life expectancy among residents and worse health outcomes across a wide range of conditions.

In 2006, Singh and MCHB researcher Michael Kogan reported similar findings on infant mortality.

Using Singh's statistical technique, a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin reported on July 2 HRSA Exit Disclaimer that patients  "residing in a disadvantaged neighborhood" who were "discharged from a hospital serving a large proportion of disadvantaged neighborhoods" were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital for complications within 30 days.

Widely seen as an indicator of health care quality, hospital readmission rates can be skewed by the relative poverty and environmental conditions in the communities they serve, the new research suggests. The study focused on hospitals in Maryland with high percentages of patients from  poorer neighborhoods.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2019