Race Matters: A Systematic Review of Racial/Ethnic Disparity in Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Reported Outcomes

Race/ethnicity is likely related to ART outcomes; however, race/ethnicity is indeterminate in >35% of SART-reported cycles. Racial/ethnic influences on ART outcomes would be better understood if race/ethnicity was universally reported.

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Melissa F. Wellons, M.D., Victor Y. Fujimoto, M.D., Valerie L. Baker, M.D., Debbie S. Barrington, Ph.D., Diana Broomfield, M.D., William H. Catherino, M.D., Ph.D., Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., Mary Ryan, M.L.S., Kim Thornton, M.D., Alicia Y. Armstrong, M.D.

Vol 98, Issue 2 , Pages 406-409



To systematically review the reporting of race/ethnicity in Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) Clinic Outcome Reporting System (CORS) publications.


Systematic review using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) methodology of literature published in PubMed on race/ethnicity that includes data from SART CORS.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


In vitro fertilization cycles reported to SART.

Main Outcome Measure(s):

Any outcomes reported in SART CORS.


Seven publications were identified that assessed racial/ethnic disparities in IVF outcomes using SART data. All reported a racial/ethnic disparity. However, more than 35% of cycles were excluded from analysis because of missing race/ethnicity data.


Review of current publications of SART data suggests significant racial/ethnic disparities in IVF outcomes. However, the potential for selection bias limits confidence in these findings, given that fewer than 65% of SART reported cycles include race/ethnicity. Our understanding of how race/ethnicity influences ART outcome could be greatly improved if information on race/ethnicity was available for all reported cycles.

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