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Improving social justice in COVID-19 health research: Interim guidelines for reporting health equity in observational studies

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Use this guidance to support clinicians, researchers, decision makers, and funders to consider ways to address gaps in reporting inequities in health outcomes to enhance health equity. These guidelines were developed in partnership with Indigenous scholars, citizens, and stakeholders, including a citizen panel of people with lived experience of inequities, and through engaging groups to bring an intersectional lens. They identify 14 areas of the STROBE (Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology) that need further details to support health equity and utilize a PROGRESS-Plus framework to enhance reporting on social determinants of health in observational studies. This is interim guidance and will be expanded as part of the STROBE-Equity project.

Antequera, A., Lawson, D. O., Noorduyn, S. G., Dewidar, O., Avey, M., Bhutta, Z. A., Chamberlain, C., Ellingwood, H., Francis, D., Funnell, S., Ghogomu, E., Greer-Smith, R., Horsley, T., Juando-Prats, C., Jull, J., Kristjansson, E., Little, J., Nicholls, S. G., Nkangu, M., … Welch, V. (2021). Improving Social Justice in COVID-19 Health Research: Interim Guidelines for Reporting Health Equity in Observational Studies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(17), 9357.

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