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Methodological Issues in Measuring Health Disparities

Keppel, K., Pamuk, E., Lynch, J., Carter-Pokras, O., Kim, I., Mays, V., Pearcy, J., Schoenbach, V., Weissman, J. S.

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This report discusses six issues that affect the measurement of disparities in health between groups in a population: (1) selecting a reference point from which to measure disparity; (2) measuring disparity in absolute or in relative terms; (3) measuring in terms of favorable or adverse events; (4) measuring in pair-wise or in summary fashion; (5) choosing whether to weight groups according to group size; and (6) deciding whether to consider any inherent ordering of the groups. This report also presents guidelines for making measurement choices.

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