Special Communication
May 28, 2003

Use of Race and Ethnicity in Biomedical Publication

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (Dr Bennett). Ms Kaplan is a freelance writer, Medford, Mass.

JAMA. 2003;289(20):2709-2716. doi:10.1001/jama.289.20.2709

Researchers, clinicians, and policy makers face 3 challenges in writing about race and ethnicity: accounting for the limitations of race/ethnicity data; distinguishing between race/ethnicity as a risk factor or as a risk marker; and finding a way to write about race/ethnicity that does not stigmatize and does not imply a we/they dichotomy between health professionals and populations of color. Josurnals play an important role in setting standards for research and policy literature. The authors outline guidelines that might be used when race and ethnicity are addressed in biomedical publications.