New Podcast Brings Attention to the Disparities Experienced by People of Diverse Backgrounds Who Live With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Patients, healthcare providers bring attention to the rising incidence of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, across racial and ethnic groups
CONNECTICUT, Apr 5, 2021 — Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and indeterminate colitis) affects people of all ethnic backgrounds.1 However, people from minority groups experience a disparity of care that can result in worse outcomes, including complications, lowered quality of life, and increased mortality.2
Dr Rumack: You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital. Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it? Dr Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.
The first time I was hospitalized, I was only 16. I’d never been in the hospital before, though of course I had family members who were, so I didn’t really need a primer on being an inpatient. However, what I could not have been prepared for was the people I met while on the inside.
I’m not speaking of doctors. Or nurses. Of whom I met plenty, of course. What I’m speaking of is roommates.