Does socioeconomic status affect outcomes post surgery? Research suggests soRead

Does socioeconomic status affect outcomes post surgery?

Patients with mitral valve disease who live in disadvantaged communities are more likely to experience complications 

at higher risk for death after surgery than those with higher socioeconomic status, according to research presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. 

“We collaboratively undertook this work with The Society of Thoracic Surgeons to better understand the impact of socioeconomic status on mitral valve surgery in the US,” said Amit Iyengar

 “The STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database was linked with a very robust composite metric that evaluates average SES based on census block tract groups

 it relates to mortality and rate of achieving a successful repair, independent of all other demographic or hospital and surgeon-level characteristics we had available.

Using data from the STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database, Dr. Iyengar and colleagues identified 46,831 adult patients who underwent—for the first time

Neighborhood SES is associated with differing valve pathologies and presentations,” said Dr. Iyengar. 

Dr. Guy explained that access to care and the ability to travel to a high-volume mitral valve specialist 

Dr. Guy shared that efforts should focus on improving patient access to quality health insurance, care, and information.