Health disparities in allergic diseases

Samantha R. Jacobs, Nicole Ramsey, Mariangela Bagnato, Tracy Pitt, Carla M. Davis

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Purpose of reviewHealthcare disparities impact prevalence, diagnosis, and management of allergic disease. The purpose of this review is to highlight the most recent evidence of healthcare disparities in allergic conditions to provide healthcare providers with better understanding of the factors contributing to disparities and to provide potential management approaches to address them. This review comes at a time in medicine where it is well documented that disparities exist, but we seek to answer the Why, How and What to do next?Recent findingsThe literature highlights the socioeconomic factors at play including race/ ethnicity, neighborhood, insurance status and income. Management strategies have been implemented with the hopes of mitigating the disparate health outcomes including utilization of school-based health, distribution of educational tools and more inclusive research recruitment.SummaryThe studies included describe the associations between upstream structural and social factors with downstream outcomes and provide ideas that can be recreated at other institutions of how to address them. Focus on research and strategies to mitigate healthcare disparities and improve diverse research participant pools are necessary to improve patient outcomes in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-101
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • allergy
  • health disparities
  • research recruitment
  • social determinants of health
  • socioeconomic factors
  • urticaria


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