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Health Equity

Eliminating differences in health status and outcomes among different groups of people

A Note on Search Terms

Searching for information on health disparities can be tricky because of how quickly language changes. Databases and authors can be slow to make the transition to current terminology. Historical resources probably will use outdated (and possibly offensive) terminology. Keep this in mind when searching. 

Suggested Search Terms

Searching for information on health disparities and equity can be tricky because of how quickly language changes. Databases and authors can be slow to make the transition to current terminology. Historical resources probably will use outdated (and possibly offensive) terminology. Keep this in mind when searching. 

Depending on the search tool that you are using (catalog, database, web search), you may need to search for multiple terms. Here are some terms to consider for both textword and subject searching (remember that some databases have specific subject terms to use). 

  • elderly
  • aged
  • older adults
  • "frail elderly"
  • geriatric
  • elder or elders

Some databases also have terms such as "health services for the aged".  Databases may also allow limiting by age group. 

Combine the above terms with terms like these:

  • disparities
  • "health status"
  • "quality of health care"
  • "health services accessibility"
  • "health equity"

or with terms that are disease/condition-specific (like diabetes, gout, etc.)

Web Resources

Recent Articles from PubMed

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