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Health Equity

Eliminating 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: Articles in medicine, health care, and related fields. 

CINAHL:  Articles in nursing and allied health fields.

Embase: Comprehensive index to biomedical literature

Search terms/phrases include:

  • "Healthcare disparities"
  • "Minority health"
  • "Women's health"
  • "World health"
  • "Health status disparities"
  • "Health equity"
  • Healthcare AND "vulnerable populations"

For additional information on searching PubMed, see the PubMed Search Guide. The National Library of Medicine has a prestructured search for PubMed, click here to run the search automatically. MEDLINE/PubMed health disparities search .

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

For additional information on searching Embase, see



There are a number of journals dealing with health equity and disparities. The UToledo Libraries has access to many of them but not all. If you are a UToledo student, resident, faculty, or staff member and need an article that is not available at UToledo, submit a request on ILLiad. We will find a library that has the article and get a copy at no charge to you.

Recent Articles from PubMed

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