Race/ethnicity and social status influence admission to high-volume hospitals among patients who undergo craniotomy for tumor biopsy or resection.
Retrospective analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (1988-2005), with additional factors from the Area Resource File.
A 20% representative sample of all hospitals in 37 US states.
A total of 76 436 patients 18 years or older who were admitted and underwent craniotomy for tumor biopsy or resection.
Main Outcome Measures
Odds ratios (ORs) for the association of age, sex, race/ethnicity, insurance status, Charlson Comorbidity Index, and county-level characteristics with admission to high-volume hospitals (>50 craniotomies per year) or low-volume hospitals.
A total of 25 481 patients (33.3%) were admitted to high-volume hospitals. Overall access to high-volume hospitals improved over time. However, racial/ethnic disparities in access to high-volume hospitals dramatically worsened for Hispanics (OR, 0.49) and African Americans (OR, 0.62) in recent years. Factors associated with better access to high-volume hospitals included years since 1988 (OR, 1.11), greater countywide neurosurgeon density (OR, 1.66), and higher countywide median household income (OR, 1.71). Factors associated with worse access to high-volume hospitals included older age (OR, 0.34 per year increase), increased countywide poverty rate (OR, 0.57), Hispanic race/ethnicity (OR, 0.68), and higher Charlson Comorbidity Index (OR, 0.96 per point increase).
African Americans and Hispanics have disproportionately worse access to high-quality neuro-oncologic care over time compared with whites. Higher countywide median household income and decreased countywide poverty rate were associated with better access to high-volume hospitals, implicating socioeconomic factors in predicting admission to high-quality centers.