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Robert Wood Johnson Announces Health Database

PRINCETON, NJ -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced Jan. 15 the release of the Finding Answers Intervention Research Database (FAIR), a comprehensive collection of summaries and systematic reviews of racial and ethnic health disparities intervention literature.

The FAIR Database contains 388 journal article summaries from 11 systematic reviews of racial and ethnic health disparities intervention literature spanning from 1979 to 2011. The systematic reviews were published as a special supplement to the October 2007 issue of Medical Care Research and Review, and an August 2012 symposium in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

"We think this tool will be useful particularly for people looking for a wide variety of interventions," said Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH, the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Chin is director of Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation located at the University of Chicago.

"The FAIR Database enables a user to search the literature by disease, racial or ethnic population and organizational setting, but it also allows search by intervention strategy," Chin added. "There are dozens of these, such as enhancing literacy, peer storytelling, restructuring the care team, providing vouchers for care, decision making support, and more."

The FAIR Database searches articles from systematic reviews of the disparities-reduction literature conducted by Finding Answers in the areas of asthma, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, HIV prevention, prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes mellitus, and breast cancer.


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