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.
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.
Kaplan JB, Bennett T. Use of Race and Ethnicity in Biomedical Publication. JAMA. 2003;289(20):2709–2716. doi:10.1001/jama.289.20.2709