Let's get serious about racial and ethnic disparities

Neil R. Powe

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Racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care have been documented for over two decades in kidney disease, in a variety of other conditions, across settings, and for different medical and surgical interventions. We now have government reports that track progress on reducing racial disparities, but the pace of progress has been disheartening. The reasons for some of these disparities are known and include biologic, socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental factors as well as system, patient, and provider factors that affect access and quality of medical services. For other disparities, they remain an enigma. Solutions have been slow incoming in large part because we have not held ourselves, and others, accountable for better results. It is time to get serious about equitable health care for all of us.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1271-1275
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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