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Extending Gains Made Through Sleep Disparity Research Is Essential to Helping More Underserved Communities
Major strides have been made in the last 30 years in the area of sleep disparity research around the impact of the social and environmental determinants of health. Supporting this area of research is important to learn how tailoring culturally appropriate treatment interventions can benefit those who are underserved and underdiagnosed.
Sleep disparity researchers and practitioners have implemented interventions in the community which have made improvements in sleep quality and quantity. The challenge is engaging more underserved communities for participation and learn who is best served by which interventions.
Treatments are not designed for different ethnicities-Companies have piloted the design of masks using primarily white study subjects and various ethnic facial characteristics were not taken into consideration.
This translates to equipment that does not fit well. Dr. Patel. This is also seen in pediatric tonsillectomy. Black children fail at tonsillectomy's more than white kids-worse outcomes. Is this an anatomic problem or what are the other issues