I am currently studying a rate of a procedure and how does the rate differ between races. It appears that the procedure is more offered to Hispanic patients than any race and is more done in the southern region of USA. By knowing that Hispanic race is more in the south too as the procedure, is there any type of statistical tool that can deal with that? I mean adjust for that?
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This is more a conceptual answer than a practical tool, but my very basic first step would be to try splitting your data:
1) Considering just the southern (or northern) US, is the proportion of Hispanics receiving the procedure greater than the proportion of people of another race?
2) Considering just Hispanics (/those of another race), is the proportion of people receiving the procedure greater in the southern US than in the northern US?
**Edit: also, consider that it's probably quite easy to find census stats on reported race/ethnicity at the state level, which would give you a finer distinction that just northern/southern.