Reporting Race and Ethnicity in Research Presented at the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons' Annual Meeting

Cara L. Grimes, Camille A. Clare, Kate V. Meriwether, Julia Geynisman-Tan, Svjetlana Lozo, Danielle D. Antosh, Heidi W. Brown, Emily E.Weber Lebrun, Sonali V. Raman, Cheryl B. Iglesia, Julia Keltz, Shunaha Kim-Fine, Erin A. Brennand, Rebecca Rogers

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Objective: Inclusion of minority women in gynecologic research is vital for preventing health care inequities and disparities. This research was conducted to determine how frequently race and ethnicity data were reported in oral presentations at the Society for Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS)'s annual meeting. Materials and Methods: The abstracts and articles associated with SGS oral presentations between 2016 and 2020 were reviewed. Data regarding the numbers of subjects and reported races and ethnicities were extracted from each study. The proportion of studies that reported data about race and ethnicity was calculated. The racial and ethnic distributions of subjects within the studies that reported race and ethnicity were compared to distributions in the U.S. census data. Results: The inclusion criteria were met by 72/92 available abstracts and 28/37 available, articles. Data were reported on participants' race in 10/72 (13.9%) abstracts and 21/28 (75.0%) articles. Ethnicity was reported in 3/72 (4.2%) abstracts and 14/28 (50.0 %) articles. In the abstracts and articles that did report on race, races other than White were underrepresented, compared to the U.S. population. Conclusions: Most research abstracts at SGS annual meetings did not include race or ethnicity data. SGS articles were more likely to report these data but did not represent the the U.S. population diversity accurately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Gynecologic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2022


  • ethnicity
  • gynecologic surgery
  • health care disparities
  • health care inequities
  • race
  • scientific research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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