Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nurses Can Play a Big Care Role across All Zip Codes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nurses Can Play a Big Care Role across All Zip Codes

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The focus on ZIP code and neighborhood in the Aug. 27 and 28 Post-Gazette ("Want to Live Longer? Lifespan Can Depend on Where You Live") as a critically important determinant of health disparity is applauded.

While these disparities are evident across the lifespan and health continuum, they areparticularly evident in the management of chronic, often progressive disease such as cancer. Our clinical and research work over the past years finds worse survival and higher levels of distress among poor and/or minority patients, particularly with advanced cancers. Even with world-class cancer care in our wonderful community, these disparities are evident according to ZIP code.

We can do better. We advocate recognizing the cost-effective and efficacious role of nursing for the mitigation of health disparities in cancer and other chronic illness. …

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