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Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Mar 11. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003157. [Epub ahead of print]

Race, Research, and Women's Health: Best Practice Guidelines for Investigators.

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Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, and the Providence Community Health Centers, Providence, Rhode Island.


Medicine has a complex history of mishandling the concept of race. This is a crucial time for the field of obstetrics and gynecology to address racial and ethnic disparities. In this commentary, we address misconceptions about race, show how race can be misused in research and clinical care, and suggest new standards to guide authors as they conduct research on disparities and race.

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