Reducing Disparities in Colon Cancer Through Integrated Care

Kaiser Permanente’s continuing efforts to increase quality of care are making a measurable difference in the reduction of disparities associated with colon cancer survival rates, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco reviewed more than 30,000 patient records in the California Cancer Registry. They found no racial/ethnic disparities in survival rates among Kaiser Permanente patients who had colon cancer. In addition, Kaiser Permanente patients received more evidence-based care than patients who received care outside of integrated health care systems.