Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obstetrics and Obstetric Anesthesia in the United States

Paloma Toledo*, Jorge A. Caballero

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Disparities are prevalent within healthcare. Racial and ethnic disparities have been described in the use of neuraxial labor analgesia, in the prevalence of some obstetric conditions, and in obstetric outcomes. The origins of these disparities are likely to be multi-factorial, with patient, provider, and systems-level contributors. One of the objectives of Healthy People 2020 is to achieve health equity, thus eliminating racial and/or ethnic disparities in care. In this review, we give an overview of disparities in obstetric anesthetic and obstetric care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-299
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Anesthesiology Reports
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Disparities
  • Labor
  • Neuraxial analgesia
  • Obstetric outcomes
  • Patient-provider communication
  • Race/ethnicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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