Friday, April 7, 2006—Efforts to improve health care quality can help reduce some -- but not all -- of the inequalities in medical care provided to black patients compared with whites, a new study shows.

Four years after launching a program to improve the quality of diabetes care, a large Boston-based physician group found that racial disparities in cholesterol screening were reduced, but blacks remained less likely than whites to be taking statins to get their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol down, or to have their blood sugar under long-term control.

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