Rural-Urban Disparities in Mortality From Cirrhosis in the United States From 1999 to 2019

Nneka N. Ufere, Rachel E. Patzer, Dio Kavalieratos, Jeremy Louissaint, Alyson Kaplan, Sarah H. Cross

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INTRODUCTION:We examined trends in rural-urban cirrhosis mortality disparities in the United States from decedents aged 25 years and older from 1999 to 2019.METHODS:We calculated cirrhosis age-adjusted mortality rates across 3 population categories: large metropolitan (≥1 million), medium/small metropolitan (50,000-999,999), and rural (<50,000) areas using the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wide-ranging ONline Data for Epidemiologic Research database.RESULTS:We found an almost 20-fold increase in the absolute difference in cirrhosis age-adjusted mortality rates between rural and large metropolitan areas between 1999 and 2019.DISCUSSION:Future research is needed to investigate reasons for this widening rural-urban disparity to improve rural cirrhosis care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1162-1165
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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