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Provider resources

Explore summaries of audience insights and market research that we conducted with diverse patients and providers related to barriers to care and treatment decisions for specific diseases

What’s preventing patients from accessing specialty care?

We conducted disease-specific quantitative and qualitative research that captured perceived barriers in accessing care and preferred communication methods. The data is summarized on one-page resources for use by specialists and their referrers to provide insight into the barriers their patients may experience across demographics, specifically women and Black, Hispanic, and Latinx patients.

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“I want to understand how recommended lifestyle changes affect my heart … and know what test results mean.”
- Tamika, 54, a patient with coronary artery disease

Featured resources

PDF with Barriers to Care, What Could Help? and Clinical Trial Opportunities.

Barriers to care: female patients

Connect with female patients using insights like these: 46% of the 171 women surveyed said they postpone surgery as long as possible, and 45% say that online visits could help them with their healthcare needs.

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Understand your patients with coronary artery disease

Black men and women are 30%1 more likely to die of heart disease, including CAD, than non-Hispanic white men and women.


Heart disease

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Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is predicted to increase to 12 million cases in 2030,2 affecting different racial groups in disproportionate numbers and 60% of women with diabetes have an increased risk of AFib, compared with 40% of men.3

Read about patients with AFib
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Coronary artery disease

Our study found 47% of CAD patients decided to put off surgery or a procedure for as long as possible in the past, mostly because they were worried about complications.

Read about patients with CAD
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Heart failure

Hispanic patients who are hospitalized for heart failure are younger than whites and have higher mortality rates.4 And our study shows that 19% of patients with heart failure get nervous around doctors, so they might not feel comfortable sharing concerns.

Read about patients with heart failure

Vascular disease

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Peripheral artery disease

Blacks have twice the rate of PAD than whites at any given age5 and Black men are more likely to progress to critical limb ischemia (CLI) than white men.6 Almost 80% of surveyed patients want additional information about treatment options.

Read about patients with PAD

Race and ethnicity

PDF with columns of Caucasian, Hispanic and Black.

Compare your patients’ barriers by ethnicity

Compare cardiovascular disease patients’ barriers to care, based on the findings we uncovered in our market research study.

Barriers by ethnicity (English PDF)
Barriers by ethnicity (Spanish PDF)

 

PDF with Barriers to Care and What Could Help?

Addressing barriers to care: insights to understanding Black patients

We connected directly with 104 Black men and women, and they name online visits and weekend appointments as the top ways to meet their healthcare needs.

Barriers for Black patients (English PDF)
Barriers for Black patients (Spanish PDF)

 

PDF with Barriers to Care, What Could Help? and Clinical Opportunities.

Addressing barriers to care: insights to understanding Caucasian patients

Of the 137 Caucasian people surveyed, 31% say that they sometimes face barriers to care. The top reason cited is a current health condition that prevents them from finding or receiving care.

Barriers for Caucasian patients (English PDF)
Barriers for Caucasian patients (Spanish PDF)

 

PDF with History of Surgery and Barriers to Care.

Addressing barriers to care: insights to understanding your Hispanic patients

Of the patients surveyed, 82% want to get information on treatment options via email and printed, take-home materials. Almost 60% want to learn about disease prevention.

Barriers for Hispanic patients (English PDF)
Barriers for Hispanic patients (Spanish PDF)


Gender

PDF with Barriers to Care and What Could Help?

Addressing barriers to care: insights to understanding male patients

Connect with male patients using insights like these: 47% of the 124 men surveyed say they are completely satisfied with the information they receive from their doctor. And 75% say they want information on treatment options.

Barriers for male patients (English PDF)
Barriers for male patients (Spanish PDF)

 

PDF with Barriers to Care, What Could Help? and Clinical Opportunities.

Addressing barriers to care: Insights to understanding female patients

Connect with female patients using insights like these: 46% of the 171 women surveyed said they’ve postponed surgery as long as possible, and 43% say that weekend appointments could help them with their healthcare needs.

Barriers for female patients (English PDF)
Barriers for female patients (Spanish PDF)

Patient resources

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