Research Approach & Case Study
Health Equity: The Kx Research Approach and Case Study
In this case study, Kx analyzed the patient pathway to identify barriers to care for Black patients receiving advanced treatments by understanding specific obstacles to care. Here we outline the four-step process to better understand how inequities lead to barriers to treatment for underserved populations, and how to start initiatives targeted at reducing those barriers:
- Define the patient journey
- Pinpoint provider-identified challenges
- Understand the patient perspective
- Combine it with epidemiological evidence
Research findings include physician-noted diagnostic challenges related to race and patient-noted logistical challenges related to social determinants of health, such as economic stability and education level. Such findings, when overlaid with epidemiologic evidence can provide a more complete picture of the challenges patients can face when in need of advanced care and illuminate how to overcome them.
About Kx Advisors
For more than 40 years, Kx Advisors (operating as Kaiser Associates’ healthcare practice) has provided strategy consulting services to help healthcare executives achieve critical business growth goals. With a highly collaborative approach they have developed pragmatic solutions for leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, health IT, and digital health clients, with data-driven insights to give those clients the tools to compete and win across the healthcare industry.