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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 429–439 | Cite as

Characterization of the Hispanic or Latino Population in Health Research: A Systematic Review

  • Abraham AragonesEmail author
  • Susan L. Hayes
  • Mei Hsuan Chen
  • Javier González
  • Francesca M. Gany
Original Paper

Abstract

The size and diversity of the Hispanic population in the United States has dramatically increased, with vast implications for health research. We conducted a systematic review of the characterization of the Hispanic population in health research and described its implications. Relevant studies were identified by searches of PubMed, Embase Scopus, and Science/Social Sciences Citation Index from 2000 to 2011. 131 articles met criteria. 56 % of the articles reported only “Hispanic” or “Latino” as the characteristic of the Hispanic research population while no other characteristics were reported. 29 % of the articles reported language, 27 % detailed country of origin and 2 % provided the breakdown of race. There is great inconsistency in reported characteristics of Hispanics in health research. The lack of detailed characterization of this population ultimately creates roadblocks in translating evidence into practice when providing care to the large and increasingly diverse Hispanic population in the US.

Keywords

Hispanic population Population characterization Health research Ethnicity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abraham Aragones
    • 1
    Email author
  • Susan L. Hayes
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mei Hsuan Chen
    • 1
  • Javier González
    • 1
  • Francesca M. Gany
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities ServiceMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.New York University, Wagner School of Public ServiceNew YorkUSA

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