Omitting Race from Kidney Function Equations Leads to More Accurate Results

Happy New Year everyone! I guess its good to start 2022 by getting “race” out of the way.


Race really shouldn’t matter in most anything medical, but we still can’t ignore it as as indicator of social or economic disparity. That disparity shouldn’t exist either, but it does.

Although I would agree that race is largely conflated with social or economic disparity (and is used as a kludgy proxy for these), I cannot help thinking that it does have some limited somewhat more direct application in idiosyncratic circumstances where a genetic predisposition is largely clustered within certain populations, e.g. Sickle cell anemia:


Agreed. I thought of that example too.

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