Collecting, Using, and Reporting Race and Ethnicity Information: Implications for Research in Nutrition Education, Practice, and Policy to Promote Health Equity

L. Karina Díaz Rios, Virginia C. Stage, Tashara M. Leak, Christopher A. Taylor, Marla Reicks

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Abstract

This report will describe approaches for collecting, analyzing, and reporting race and ethnicity information in nutrition education and behavior research, practice, and policy to advance health equity. Race and ethnicity information is used to describe study participants and compare nutrition and health-related outcomes. Depending on the study design, race and ethnicity categories are often defined by the research question or other standardized approaches. Participant self-reported data are more acceptable than researcher adjudicated identification data, which can add bias and/or error. Valid methods to collect, use, and report race and ethnicity information are foundational to publication quality, findings of value, contribution to the knowledge base, and health equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-593
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume54
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
V. C. Stage is supported by a NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (5R25GM129216-03). The authors thank Caree Cotwright, Roger Figueroa, Erica Farrand, Margaret Handley, David Haynes, Susan Johnson, Anarina Murillo, and Whitney Pirtle for their insightful comments and suggestions. The authors also thank Hannah Rudt for her excellent editorial assistance.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Keywords

  • ethnicity
  • health equity
  • health status disparities
  • race
  • racism

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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