Among women of high socioeconomic status, 11.7% of black women also experienced delays in initiating treatment. Far fewer white women in this group (6.7%) had the same.
“Even among women of low socioeconomic status, we still saw fewer delays in white women, underscoring the diverse experiences of black women who seem to encounter unique barriers,” said lead study author Marc Emerson, PhD, in prepared comments.
In the prepared statement, Research Team Leader Melissa A. Troester, PhD, also stressed the importance of recognizing that “the causes of delays are complex and reflect both individual barriers and system-level factors”. In conducting the study, the research team identified a number of these factors, including financial and transportation issues.