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Title: Reframing racial and ethnic disparities in atopic dermatitis in Black and Latinx populations.

Authors: Croce, Emily A; Levy, Moise L; Adamson, Adewole S; Matsui, Elizabeth C

Published In J Allergy Clin Immunol, (2021 11)

Abstract: Black people in the United States experience greater atopic dermatitis (AD) prevalence, severity, and persistence when compared with White people. Although very little published literature describes AD in the Latinx population, additional differences in severity, persistence, and age of onset exist in contrast to White people. Thus far, genetic polymorphisms associated with increased risk and/or severity of AD are less common among Black people, so should confer reduced, rather than the observed increased, AD risk among Black people. Little is known regarding genetic risk factors in Latinx people. In contrast, there is consistent evidence that socioeconomic, environmental, and health care factors influence AD prevalence, severity, and/or persistence, and these same risk factors are more common among racial and ethnic minority populations as a result of racism. Researchers too often pursue genetic explanations for racial and ethnic AD disparities when the evidence points to the importance of contextual, rather than genetic, causes of these disparities. Reframing the prevailing view that innate differences among racial and ethnic groups are responsible for these disparities by emphasizing the role of racism and its downstream effects on contextual factors will be a critical first step toward shrinking these disparities.

PubMed ID: 34600773 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: African Americans*; Dermatitis, Atopic/epidemiology*; Dermatitis, Atopic/ethnology*; Healthcare Disparities*; Hispanic or Latino*; Humans; Prevalence; United States/epidemiology; United States/ethnology

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