One of the strategies identified by the Interagency Workgroup on MCC is to “stimulate research to more clearly elucidate differences between and opportunities for prevention and intervention in MCC among various sociodemographic groups” (DHHS 2010.) To that end, we offer below a list of considerations and opportunities for future research. Disparities research on persons with MCC is at an early stage of development. Therefore it is important to carefully review results, and to look for replication of the study findings.
8.2.1 Definitional/conceptual work
Our key informants and technical advisory group members mentioned the importance of developing a multi-level, multi-sectorial model of MCC and MCC disparities that incorporates the roles of biological, behavioral, health care, socio-economic, community and environmental factors. This model could then serve as a framework for analyses focused on the MCC population.
Developing such a model may facilitate consensus-building on a definition of disparities to be used for MCC disparities research.