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January 13, 2010

Race and Survival After Cardiac Arrest

JAMA. 2010;303(2):130-131. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1966

To the Editor: In their cohort study, Dr Chan and colleagues1 examined the disparity in outcomes after in-hospital cardiac arrest on the basis of race. Reduced survival to hospital discharge for black patients was associated with lower rates of resuscitation and postresuscitation survival. Although 93% of the postresuscitation outcome difference is explained by hospital center effects and clinical characteristics, these features only explain half the difference in resuscitation rate.

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