Health Care Disparities in Radiology - A Review of the Current Literature

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Department of Radiology

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Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Radiology


INTRODUCTION: Health care disparities exist in all medical specialties, including radiology. Raising awareness of established health care disparities is a critical component of radiology's efforts to mitigate disparities. Our primary objective is to perform a comprehensive review of the last 10 years of literature pertaining to disparities in radiology care. Our secondary objective is to raise awareness of disparities in radiology.

METHODS: We reviewed English-language medicine and health services literature from the past 10 years (2010-2020) for research that described disparities in any aspect of radiologic imaging using radiology search terms and key words for disparities in OVID. Relevant studies were identified with adherence to the guidelines set forth by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement.

RESULTS: The search yielded a total 1,890 articles. We reviewed the citations and abstracts with the initial search yielding 1,890 articles (without duplicates). Of these, 1,776 were excluded based on the criteria set forth in the methods. The remaining unique 114 articles were included for qualitative synthesis.

DISCUSSION: We hope this article increases awareness and inspires action to address disparities and encourages research that further investigates previously identified disparities and explores not-yet-identified disparities.


Disparities, health care, radiology

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DeBenedectis CM, Spalluto LB, Americo L, Bishop C, Mian A, Sarkany D, Kagetsu NJ, Slanetz PJ. Health Care Disparities in Radiology-A Review of the Current Literature. J Am Coll Radiol. 2022 Jan;19(1 Pt B):101-111. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2021.08.024. PMID: 35033297. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR

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