Inequities Exists in Disease Burden, Healthcare Access for Minority Children
Minority children in the United States face a pervasive gap in the quality and extent of healthcare received compared with whites, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics written by a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center physician.
The report, appearing in Pediatrics, was compiled on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Pediatric Research. It is the first comprehensive review of racial/ethnic disparities in pediatric care, using the findings of more than 50 years of studies with regard to racial/ethnic disparities in children’s health and healthcare.
The review examined 781 studies, but found only 111 that provided specific information that could be used to identify disparities, signaling a need for better data collection methods. For example, many studies simply lump all nonwhite populations together. Some studies do not distinguish between data for adults and for children, or do not factor out race/ethnicity from economic or other factors.
Possible actions for addressing children’s disparities include the following:
— Source: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center