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The importance of race and ethnicity data on cardiovascular health research

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The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of addressing race and ethnic disparities in healthcare worldwide. In Canada, however, the lack of consistent capture of race and ethnicity data has hindered a comprehensive understanding of these potential disparities. This article explores the importance of and current progress in collecting race and ethnic data in Canada and provides examples of its importance in cardiovascular health outcomes. We believe that a successful implementation of standardized data collection tools on race and ethnicity data will shape evidence-based policies to minimize health disparities in Canada in the future.

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Sheth J, Sud M, Ko D. Healthc Q. 2023; 26(3):6-8. Epub 2023 Oct 1.

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