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Anesthesia and Analgesia Section on Healthcare Disparities


Recognizing the symbiotic relationship between medical knowledge and population health, especially the pervasive health disparity in the society, Anesthesia and Analgesia (A&A) is pleased to announce the creation of a new section that is devoted to healthcare disparities. Primarily focused on perioperative health, this section welcomes articles on all aspects of healthcare disparities across the entire age spectrum.


Understanding that conversations about race and ethnicity can be difficult and may generate uncomfortable visceral reactions, we ask investigators to be mindful of language and definitions used in their manuscripts. Investigators should avoid giving unnecessary weighting to biological or genetic variables if socio-cultural explanations would suffice. Race and ethnicity should be considered as biological and social constructs. Investigators should explain why race and ethnicity are included in their analyses either as exposures or as independent (predictor) variables in a regression model. Details about the source of race and ethnicity data should also be provided.   


We also require that investigators avoid politically inflammatory statements and comments that may not be related to their study question or supported by their data. The healthcare disparity section welcomes the full range of article types that are published in A&A. Examples include clinical research, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, narrative review, and commentary papers.


The A&A Section on Healthcare Disparities has these members on the editorial board:

Executive Section Editor: Olubukola (Bukky) Nafiu MD, FRCA, MS

Senior Editor: Nathalia Jimenez, MD 

Associated Editor: Jennifer Cooper, PhD 

Assistant Editor: Stephanie Jones, MD 

Assistant Editor: Luis Tollinche, MD.

We look forward to your submissions as we all strive to provide a more equitable and healthy society.​