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Clinical care in Minnesota rebounded in 2021, but racial disparities remain


November 8, 2022

Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

Racial disparities in the quality of clinical care persist in Minnesota, but they didn't worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite fears that they would.

Clinical care proved more effective for minorities and traditionally underserved patients in the second year of the pandemic in Minnesota compared to the first.

That finding comes in a new report showing that disparities persisted in the management of diseases such as asthma and diabetes, but the decline in care was fairly uniform across racial and ethnic groups in 2020 - as was the recovery in 2021.

And in a few areas, such as adolescent mental health screening, care substantially improved - with depression screenings conducted for Hispanic adolescents in 89% of visits in 2021, compared to 81% in 2019. The progress narrowed the disparity with white adolescents, who were screened for depression in almost 92% of visits last year.


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