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Perceived Discrimination and Social Disadvantage May Adversely Affect Kidney Health

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Shedding further light on disparities in, and the impact of discrimination on, kidney disease rates and care was the focus of a Kidney Week 2017 session titled “Context Is King: Neighborhood and Social Networks as a Risk Factor for Chronic Disease.”

Many studies about income and race disparities in the incidence of kidney diseases are well known, including higher incidence rates for lower income blacks and whites (1) and the heightened proportion of ESRD incidence across neighborhood poverty levels (2).

Deidra C. Crews, MD, ScM, FASN, outlined some of the more nuanced research on this subject