Reducing Health Disparities in Asthma: How Can Progress Be Made.
Health disparities (recently defined as a health difference closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage) in asthma continue despite the presence of safe and effective treatment. For example, in the United States, Black individuals have a hospitalization rate that is 6× higher than that for White individuals, and an asthma mortality rate nearly 3× higher. This article will discuss the current state of health disparities in asthma in the United States. Factors involved in the creation of these disparities (including unconscious bias and structural racism) will be examined. The types of asthma interventions (including case workers, technological advances, mobile asthma clinics, and environmental remediation) that have and have not been successful to decrease disparities will be reviewed. Finally, current resources and future actions are summarized in a table and in text, providing information that the allergist can use to make an impact on asthma health disparities in 2023.
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract
Asthma; Health disparities; Technology
Baptist AP, Apter AJ, Gergen PJ, Jones BL. Reducing Health Disparities in Asthma: How Can Progress Be Made. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2023;11(3):737-745. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2022.12.044