Health disparities research is enabled by data diversity but requires much tighter integration of collaborative efforts

Jean-Baptiste Cazier, Liudmila Sergeevna Mainzer, Weihao Ge, Justina Žurauskienė, Zeynep Madak-Erdogan

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Abstract

The world is diverse, and this needs to be better recognized and addressed in health research. Health Disparities (HD) are a growing concern, which affects not only the world at a global scale, but individual countries and their own diversity [1]. The spectrum of individual health is moulded not solely by genetics or socio-economics [2], but by a combination of numerous factors, which include other key parameters such as geographic location [3] (to reflect rurality or segregation that can reduce access to care), impeding monitoring, risk reduction, diagnosis, and treatment of medical conditions [4]. The multifaceted nature of the problem demands availability of relevant data, analysis approaches, and research infrastructure. In addition to interdisciplinary partnerships among scientists in health, geography, data science or sociology, work is also needed to unite researchers, clinicians, politicians, and the communities themselves (Figure 1). Only such harmonious integration across stakeholders will ensure

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Global Health
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy

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