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Letters Racism in health research

Improving the quality of publications on structural racism in healthcare

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 21 July 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1771
  1. Eseosa T Ighodaro, neurology physician (postgraduate year 3)1,
  2. Ima M Ebong, assistant professor of neurology and clinical neurophysiology2,
  3. Kenyon M Railey, assistant professor3,
  4. Andrew R Spector, associate professor4
  1. 1Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
  2. 2Department of Neurology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA
  3. 3Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
  4. 4Department of Neurology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA
  1. Ighodaro.Eseosa{at}

In 2021 the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that structural racism was a public health threat.1 In January 2022 The BMJ considered how to solve a problem as entrenched as racism in health research.23

Unfortunately, there are challenges to creating and disseminating scholarship on racism in the academic medical literature. We have made recommendations for editors to …

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