Cardiology meetings play critical role in disseminating knowledge and professional advancement through shedding light on crucial aspects in cardiology. No available data on landscape of themes that were highlighted by these meetings. Considering the concerning impact of healthcare disparities(HCD) globally especially in cardiovascular interventions, we sought to investigate the reporting of HCD in TCT abstracts in 2018-2020.
Cross-sectional analysis of TCT published abstracts in special supplement issues in JACC(2018-2020), abstracts were screened from both title and abstract text to assess if the main focus was to address HCD (age, gender/sex, race/ ethnicity, socioeconomic, geographic or circadian/seasonal). If the abstract highlighted more than one HCD then we counted each disparity separately without merging of data.
Total number of analyzed abstracts was 2158, among which 121(5.6%) addressed HCD. Abstracts focusing on HCD were 3.84%,5.69% and 8.36% in 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively. Among the HCD abstracts; age disparity was the most reported HCD(42.97%) followed by sex/gender and race/ethnicity HCD(39.66% and 10.74%) respectively, see Fig A. Sex/gender was the most reported HCD in TCT2018(48.48%), age was most reported HCD in TCT2019 (46.8 %) and TCT2020 (46.34%), see Fig B.