April 27, 2011

Studying Health Disparities by Including Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Internal Medicine (Dr Wang), and Sociology (Dr Wildeman), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

JAMA. 2011;305(16):1708-1709. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.532

In September 2010, the National Institutes of Health formalized a commitment to ending health disparities by establishing a 27th institute, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, with priorities that include “improving the participation of health disparity populations in clinical research.”1 Accomplishment of this important goal will require recognition of the disproportionate incarceration of individuals from racial/ethnic minority populations and reassessment of the federal near prohibition on the participation of current and former prisoners in clinical research.

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