Use of race and ethnicity in biomedical publication

JAMA. 2003 May 28;289(20):2709-16. doi: 10.1001/jama.289.20.2709.


Researchers, clinicians, and policy makers face 3 challenges in writing about race and ethnicity: accounting for the limitations of race/ethnicity data; distinguishing between race/ethnicity as a risk factor or as a risk marker; and finding a way to write about race/ethnicity that does not stigmatize and does not imply a we/they dichotomy between health professionals and populations of color. Journals play an important role in setting standards for research and policy literature. The authors outline guidelines that might be used when race and ethnicity are addressed in biomedical publications.

MeSH terms

  • Bias
  • Epidemiologic Factors
  • Ethnicity*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Policy Making
  • Publication Bias
  • Publishing / standards*
  • Racial Groups*
  • Risk Factors