Study Finds Infant CHD Outcomes Negatively Affected by Racial and Educational Isolation

November 24, 2022

A newly presented study at this month’s American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2022 found that certain social determinants of health (SDoH) play an outsized role in health outcomes of infants with congenital heart disease (CHD). The study pulled real-world data (RWD) from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) CHD Surveillance database and found that racial and educational isolation negatively affect CHD outcomes.

According to Sheila Jacobs, “Racial isolation indices utilized non-Hispanic White race and educational isolation indices utilized completed college as the reference groups (on a scale from 0 to 1). Higher racial isolation index and educational isolation index values showed that non-Hispanic Black infants are residing mostly in non-Hispanic Black neighborhoods and that noncollege-educated individuals are residing in neighborhoods the comprise mainly noncollege-educated individuals.”

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(Source: Infectious Disease Advisor, November 23rd, 2022)

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