The importance of primary care research in understanding health inequities in the United States

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Abstract

Eliminating health and health care inequities is a longstanding goal of multiple United States health agencies, but overwhelming scientific evidence suggests that health and health care inequities persist in the United States, despite decades of research and initiatives to alleviate them. Because of its comprehensiveness, studying health inequities in the context of primary care allows for the use of multiple paradigms and methodologic approaches to understanding almost any state of health, disease, social challenge, or societal circumstance a patient or group of patients might face. We argue in this special communication that the many features/advantages of primary care research have valuable contributions to make in reducing health inequity, and scientists, journals, and funders should increase the incorporation of primary care approaches and findings into their portfolios to better understand and end health inequity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)849-852
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Primary Health Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice

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