Trends in Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Infant Mortality Rates in the United States, 1989–2006 Read More: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301272

American Journal of Public Health: 9/12/13

Objectives. We sought to measure overall disparities in pregnancy outcome, incorporating data from the many race and ethnic groups that compose the US population, to improve understanding of how disparities may have changed over time.

Methods. We used Birth Cohort Linked Birth–Infant Death Data Files from US Vital Statistics from 1989–1990 and 2005–2006 to examine multigroup indices of racial and ethnic disparities in the overall infant mortality rate (IMR), preterm birth rate, and gestational age–specific IMRs. We calculated selected absolute and relative multigroup disparity metrics weighting subgroups equally and by population size. Read More