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Surgical Outcomes Club
August 26, 2020

Disparities Research—Mitigating Inequities in Surgical Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison
  • 2Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC), Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(11):1012-1014. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1926

Disparities research is imperative for documenting and mitigating inequities in the receipt and outcomes of health care in the United States. In recent years, many disparities in surgical care have been documented; however, meaningful progress to reducing them has been limited.1 The National Institutes of Health has prioritized research into understanding and addressing inequalities that exist along the surgical care continuum. Given this emphasis, the Surgical Outcomes Club hosted an expert panel on disparities research at the 15th Annual Meeting and Scientific Session in San Francisco, California, on October 27, 2019.2 This Viewpoint highlights the approaches and frameworks used by these experts in their extramurally funded disparities research programs. We highlight actionable strategies from their experience for surgeon-scientists wishing to expand their disparities research repertoire (Table).

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