Demographic differences in the prevalence of blindness may be partly due to undertreatment of susceptible population subgroups.
The authors examined the relation of age, race, and other demographic characteristics with initiation of treatment for glaucoma and compared treatment rates with expected rates based on known disease prevalence.
Data were from Medicaid enrollees aged 65-99 years in New Jersey between March 1981 and February 1990.
Based on review of all claims for prescription medications and laser and incisional surgery, there were 6,173 cases with at least 6 months of documented system eligibility before their initial treatment for glaucoma.
The overall rate of new treatment was 11.5 cases per 1,000 person-years, and increased throughout the 1980s.
Mots-clés Pascal : Glaucome, Incidence, Traitement, Epidémiologie, Vieillard, Homme, Age, Race, New Jersey, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Chimiothérapie, Chirurgie, Oeil pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Glaucoma (eye), Incidence, Treatment, Epidemiology, Elderly, Human, Age, Race, New Jersey, United States, North America, America, Chemotherapy, Surgery, Eye disease
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