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Health Disparities

Differences in health status and outcomes among different groups of people

Database and Search Term Recommendations

There are a number of databases that you can use to identify articles on health disparities.  Here are some of the best ones, followed by a list of useful search terms.


PubMed indexes articles in medicine, nursing, and related fields. 

CINAHL (off-campus access)

CINAHL indexes articles in nursing and allied health fields.

Search terms might include:

  • "Healthcare disparities"
  • "Minority health"
  • "Women's health"
  • "World health"
  • "Health status disparities"

For additional information on searching PubMed, see the PubMed Search Guide.

For additional information on searching CINAHL, see the CINAHL resources.

Overview from NLM

The National Library of Medicine has a web site on health disparities that includes the MEDLINE/PubMed health disparities search and links to other health literacy resources from federal government agencies.

Recent Articles from PubMed

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