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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 Nov;21(4):1354-81. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2010.0939.

Methodological issues in the collection, analysis, and reporting of granular data in Asian American populations: historical challenges and potential solutions.

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New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health, USA. nadia.islam@nyumc.org

Abstract

There are close to 15 million Asian Americans living in the United States, and they represent the fastest growing populations in the country. By the year 2050, there will be an estimated 33.4 million Asian Americans living in the country. However, their health needs remain poorly understood and there is a critical lack of data disaggregated by Asian American ethnic subgroups, primary language, and geography. This paper examines methodological issues, challenges, and potential solutions to addressing the collection, analysis, and reporting of disaggregated (or, granular) data on Asian Americans. The article explores emerging efforts to increase granular data through the use of innovative study design and analysis techniques. Concerted efforts to implement these techniques will be critical to the future development of sound research, health programs, and policy efforts targeting this and other minority populations.

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21099084
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PMC3086449
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10.1353/hpu.2010.0939
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