Minorities in the United States such as African Americans and Hispanics may have more severe disease than non-Hispanic whites. Factors contributing to these disparities are reviewed. The variations in disability from non-Hispanic whites may be the result of differences in clinical presentation, genetic underpinnings, and sociocultural factors. Creating awareness and increasing participation in research studies may improve our understanding.
Keywords: African American; Ethnicity; Genetic admixture; Health disparity; Hispanic; Race.
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