- •The aim of this study was to examine the correlation between patient rurality, socioeconomic status, and outcomes after orthopedic trauma.
- •A nationally representative sample, representing over 1 million patients, was used to build population-weighted logistic regression models.
- •Rural patients with hip fracture were 32% more likely to die than urban patients with hip fracture (P < 0.001).
- •Patients with low income were 23% more likely to die than patients with high income (p = 0.002) in the urban polytrauma group.
- •Objective measures of disparity-sensitive healthcare are needed to ensure optimal care for all orthopedic trauma patients.
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