Inequities in Chlamydia Screening Between Adolescents in a Large Pediatric Primary Care Network

A recent study featuring PISC Senior Spatial Analyst Vicky Tam, MA, explores racial inequities in annual chlamydia screenings among adolescent females. The study evaluates 37,817 females, 28.8% of whom are Black. All participants attend primary care practices located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mixed-effect logistic regressions were used to evaluate associations between annual chlamydia screenings and patient race. Results indicate that clinicians are significantly more likely to screen Black females for chlamydia than their white counterparts. The team concludes that racial biased should be addressed in future interventions to mitigate racial disparities in chlamydia screenings.

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