Policy and Politics
PHOENIX — Defining health equity as “the elimination of avoidable disparities in health outcomes among socially disadvantaged groups,” Darren Stewart, MD, a research scientist at the United Network for Organ Sharing, outlined how the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network goes about monitoring the transplantation process and also named the four factors most strongly associated with disparities in access to kidney transplant.
During his presentation at Cutting Edge of Transplantation: Transplant Summit, Stewart said the first step to reaching health equity is to recognize that not everyone in the health care system starts at the “same, level playing field with respect to their health or their social determinants of health.” Once this is acknowledged, he said policies and interventions can be implemented to mitigate these disparities. However, he noted that not everyone agrees that measuring group-level differences in health care is the appropriate avenue for reaching health equity. Some, he said, are proponents of the model of patient engagement, in which “the patient is given full volition to pursue the highest possible standard of health, even if that results in an unequal distribution of health for all.” According to Stewart, the focus here is on the fairness of the decision-making process, rather than the result.
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