|•This slide set accompanies an article, Update in Health
Equity, which appears in the November 16, 2004 Annals of Internal Medicine.
The update covered peer-reviewed medical literature from 2002-2003 that
addressed equity in health and health care.
|•Articles were selected based on innovativeness,
methodological rigor, novelty, and interest to readers.
|The authors read the
title of every article published in leading medical, health services
research, and health sociology journals in 2002 and 2003. These included Annals of Internal Medicine,
JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health,
HSR, Medical Care, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science and
Medicine, and Sociology of Health and Illness. The authors reviewed the abstracts of 95
articles and then selected 20 for full independent evaluation by at least two
authors. Abstracts were excluded for
the following reasons: the subject matter was thought to add only
incrementally to the existing literature (n = 27); the scope of the subject
matter was narrow (n = 24); the research did not focus on racial or ethnic
disparities (n = 12); the research was purely qualitative (n = 1); the focus
of the article was theory or methodology (n = 10); or the article was a
review (n = 1). For the full
methodology, please see http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/141/10/805.