A three-dimensional approach to the elimination of racial-ethnic disparities in lung health

Clin Chest Med. 2006 Sep;27(3):535-42, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2006.04.012.


Significant racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities have been documented in asthma, lung cancer, sarcoidosis, vaccine-preventable pneumonias, tuberculosis, and HIV-related pulmonary infections. Given the complex causation of health disparities,and their resistance to simple interventions, the authors propose a three-dimensional approach for eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in America. The three dimensions include surveillance and monitoring, research into causes and potential cures, and rapid-cycle testing of interventions to reduce or eliminate disparities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Ethnicity*
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / epidemiology
  • Lung Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Racial Groups*
  • Research
  • United States / epidemiology