Addressing racial/ethnic disparities in cardiovascular research

Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS The editorial team of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes issued a statement urging scientific journals to address racial/ethnic disparities prevalent in health science research, particularly CV trials. According to the statement, “groundwater analysis” of these racial/ethnic disparities is first needed to illuminate these inequities, followed by the adoption of recommendations put forth in the document. "It is a form of root cause analysis, meaning that it helps one consider the true source of the problem,” Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, FAHA, assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Banner – University Medical Center in Tucson and an author of the statement.