Health disparities refer to differences between groups of people. These differences can affect how frequently a disease affects a group, how many people get sick, or how often the disease causes death.
Many different populations are affected by disparities. These include
Source: National Cancer Institute (NIH)
Take the time to consider carefully the subject of your literature search.
BE SPECIFIC when choosing topical words for your disparity.
You may need to do some preliminary research to learn more about the topic so that you can understand which concepts are significant to your question.
**Medical Subject Headings are ideal search terms for this part of your Disparities Search because there can be much variant terminology used to describe specific population groups,
For racial/ethnic population groups, consider headings included here:
For populations defined by geographic location such as region, state, particular city, consider headings included here:
For populations defined by socioeconomic status, consider headings like these:
Limit your PubMed search retrieval to articles discussing particular age groups using these strategies:
Use the filter options to limit your retrieval to articles discussing a specific sex:
Search "disparity" as a topical concept in itself.
Try this search string:
disparit* OR inequit* OR inequalit*
Other keywords to consider:
Some MeSH headings to consider: (only used on records 2008-current)
Try this "canned" search strategy!
Searching specifically for studies of interventions addressing health/healthcare disparities is difficult.
Authors use many words to describe the particular interventions being tested.
Try this simple search string for a start:
intervention OR program
Some other keywords to consider:
Some Medical Subject Headings to consider:
Try the "Clinical Study Categories" search in PubMed Clinical Queries to retrieve studies using high quality research methodologies: