EHR Data Could be Proxy for Race in Recruitment for Research

Theresa Walunas, PhD, Associate Director of CHIP, and her colleagues have published their work on the “Concordance of Race Documented in Electronic Health Records and Genetic Ancestry.” Dr. Walunas and her team investigated whether census- and EHR-derived demographic data could be used as a proxy for genetic ancestry. Findings revealed a strong concordance between the two, suggesting that information in EHRs may be helpful in recruiting diverse patients for research studies.

The authors of the paper are: Theresa L. Walunas, Jennifer A. Pacheco, Kathryn L. Jackson, Anna Roberts, Loren L. Armstrong, Jess Behrens, M. Geoffrey Hayes, Abel N. Kho

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