Equal Access Is Quality: an Update on the State of Disparities Research in Trauma

Rhea Udyavar, Stephen Perez, Adil Haider

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Purpose of Review: Over the past 5 years, disparities in the access to and quality of trauma care have expanded on the relatively nascent body of literature. Recent Findings: This review summarizes the newest findings in trauma disparities research, identifying 47 original research articles that either illuminate disparities that had not been previously described or augment our understanding of a known disparity. Furthermore, the current literature on trauma disparities establishes the importance of investigating disparities in pre- and post-hospital quality metrics and refining the approach to quality measurement for trauma care in pediatric and geriatric populations in particular. A new development on the study of trauma disparities is the effort to establish the mechanisms by which racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities occur. Summary: The authors conclude from this evidence-based review that, as new disparities in trauma care continue to emerge, novel approaches to measuring and eliminating these disparities are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-38
Number of pages14
JournalCurrent Trauma Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Disparities research
  • Geriatric trauma
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Racial disparities
  • Trauma care quality
  • Trauma disparities


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