Skip to Main Content

Health Equity

Keyword Searches

Suggested search terms for all databases:

  • health disparit* 
  • health status disparit*
  • health care disparit*
  • healthcare disparit*
  • health inequit*
  • health equit*
  • health inequal*
  • health equal*
  • cultural competenc*
  • social determinant* of health (or SDOH)

Note: Using an asterisk (*) will truncate the word to pick up variations of the word ending (example: 'health disparit*' will pick up 'health disparity' as well as 'health disparities'). Using quotation marks around terms will search terms exactly as a phrase ("health disparities").

Credit: Databases - Health Disparities & Health Equity - LibGuides at Adelphi University

Subject Heading Searches

CINAHL Subject Headings:

  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Health Inequities
  • Cultural Competence
  • Social Determinants of Health

Medline with Full Text / PubMed Subject Headings (MeSH):

  • Health Inequities
  • Health Equity
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Cultural Competency
  • Social Determinants of Health

PsycInfo - APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms:

  • Health Disparities
  • Mental Health Disparities
  • Cultural Competence

Credit: Databases - Health Disparities & Health Equity - LibGuides at Adelphi University

Population Specific Search Terms

Different terms may be used to refer to the same populations. Broadening your search to encompass multiple terms can enhance your search results. For instance, if you wish to conduct research on health disparities among African American communities, you could consider searching for the following terms:

  1. African Americans
  2. Black Americans
  3. Black persons
  4. Blacks

To create a comprehensive search, including articles featuring any of these terms, you can combine them as follows:

  • (African Americans OR Black Americans OR Black persons OR Blacks) AND (health status disparities OR healthcare disparities) 

Credit: Databases - Health Disparities - LibGuides at Duquesne University 

Hofstra University

This site is compliant with the W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Hempstead, NY 11549-1000 (516) 463-6600 © 2000-2009 Hofstra University