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Health Disparities in the United States

Paperback
, 312 pages

3 halftones, 57 line drawings

ISBN:
9780801888212
May 2008
$42.00

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Health Disparities in the United States

Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health

2009 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice

The health care system in the United States has been called the best in the world, but many of its residents cannot afford or do not have access to adequate care. Health Disparities in the United States explores how socioeconomic status, race, and ethnic make-up affect health disparities; what the wide gulf in care and health outcomes means for the medical community, cultural subsets, and society at large; and how to address the issue effectively.

Topics examined include:• The relationship between income and social status and health care and outcomes• The effect of race and ethnicity on health and the availability of care• Conscious, unconscious, and institutionalized bias in treatment options• How and when race and ethnicity should be taken into account in treating illness• Practical and practicable ideas for reducing health disparities

Analyzing the complex web of social forces that influence health outcomes in the United States, this book is a vital teaching tool and a comprehensive reference for social science and medical professionals.

Donald A. Barr, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology and the coordinator for the Curriculum in Health Policy at Stanford University. He has more than 30 years of experience as a medical practitioner and is the author of Introduction to U.S. Health Policy, second edition, also published by Johns Hopkins.

"We will not be able to eliminate disparities in health status that stem from inequality, but we can reduce them."

" Health Disparities in the United States: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health will serve well as a foundational text for courses on the subject and for individuals looking for a well-organized, highly researched text."

"Clearly written, with an extensive list of references, it will be useful for all audiences and an important text for professionals in the health field, especially those in medical education. Highly recommended."

"Dr. Barr's book is an excellent read on how race and ethnicity affect health care and contribute to health disparities."

"Barr's book will go a long way toward convincing American policy makers and the public that health disparities are neither acceptable nor inevitable."

"Barr has written a captivating and well-researched book."

"Clearly articulates the problem of health disparities and how socioeconomic status and race and ethnicity are interwoven. Barr has brought together a vast amount of material in a conceptually meaningful way that hopefully will be digested by those in training to be medical professionals."

"A masterful, timely, up-to-date, and reader-friendly overview of health disparities in the United States."

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