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The Pediatric Forum
August 2001

Constructive Use of Race and Ethnicity Variables

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(8):973. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.8.972

In their editorial regarding the use of race and ethnicity variables, Rivara and Finberg1 issued a welcome and needed call for greater rigor in the measurement of social, economic, and cultural variables in clinical, health services, and public health research. We strongly agree that race and ethnicity variables should never be "analyzed blindly," and should not be used in lieu of more meaningful measures of subjects' social, cultural, and economic characteristics, such as income, education, social support, family structure, and health beliefs.

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