Race, Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation in Health

  • Sana Loue


Despite the lack of consensus regarding the precise definitions and categories of ethnicity, race, sexual orientation and related constructs, researchers continue to utilize them in health-related research, often without adequate explanation of their meaning and/or significance within a particular context. This chapter reviews recent research findings that have focused on race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation on the one hand, and health, health care, and/or health care utilization on the other. The strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches used to operationalize these constructs in the research are explored, recognizing, however, that perfect studies do not exist. This discussion is intended to provoke thought as to how we might better define these constructs in the context of research to facilitate the application of research findings to a practice setting and to enhance comparability in the use of these constructs across studies. It is not possible, however, to provide a comprehensive examination of all such research within the scope of a single chapter, and readers are advised to consult with other resources for further discussion in a particular area.


Breast Cancer Intimate Partner Violence Sexual Orientation Down Syndrome Prenatal Care 
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  1. 1.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandOhio

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