Healthcare Disparities in Laryngology: A Scoping Review.

TitleHealthcare Disparities in Laryngology: A Scoping Review.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsFeit NZ, Wang Z, Demetres MR, Drenis S, Andreadis K, Rameau A
Date Published2020 Dec 12

OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: This scoping review aims to map out existing disparities research within the subspecialty of laryngology in order to highlight gaps in knowledge and guide future research.

STUDY DESIGN: Scoping Review.

METHODS: We completed a scoping review of PubMed, Ovid Embase, and the Cochrane Library for primary research focused on evaluating the existence and impact of disparities in race/ethnicity, sex/gender, insurance status, education level, income, geography, and LGBTQ identity in the context of various laryngological conditions. Publications of any design and date, performed in the United States, and focusing on the adult population exclusively were included.

RESULTS: Of the 4,999 unique abstracts identified, 51 articles were ultimately included. The most frequently examined condition in relation to disparities was laryngeal cancer (27 of 51), followed by voice disorders (15 of 51), deglutitive disorders (eight of 51), and airway disorders (one of 51). Sources of inequity evaluated from most common to least common were race/ethnicity (43 of 51), sex/gender (39 of 51), insurance status (23 of 51), geography (23 of 51), income (21 of 51), and education level (16 of 51). No study examined the association of LGBTQ identity with inequity.

CONCLUSIONS: This scoping review highlights the limited extent of disparities research in laryngology and establishes the need for further scholarship on the impact of disparities in laryngology care. The pathologies studied were, in decreasing order of frequency: laryngeal cancer, voice disorders, deglutitive disorders, and airway disorders. Race/ethnicity and sex/gender were the most common disparities examined, with no evaluation of LGBTQ-related care inequity.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: NA Laryngoscope, 2020.

Alternate JournalLaryngoscope
PubMed ID33314122