Eliminating Healthcare Disparities in America: Beyond the IOM Report / Edition 1

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Overview

In this book, Dr. Richard Allen Williams has assembled the very best scholars on healthcare disparities to raise the public consciousness of this issue. Arranged into discrete categories, this volume contains comprehensive coverage, both historical and current, of the healthcare disparity crisis currently plaguing our country in hopes of leading us all to a brighter future.

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Reviewer: Laura Anderko, RN, PhD (Georgetown University)
Description: "This book presents historical perspectives of racial disparities in medical care, and possible interventions to eliminate healthcare disparities. "
Purpose: "The purpose is to help others proceed in their efforts to improve the "disparities situation," and "to raise the reader's level of consciousness and concern and to increase the knowledge base about the issues." These are worthy objectives, which the book achieves in many, but not all, of the chapters. "
Audience: This book is intended, and I believe appropriate, for all those interested in the field of health and healthcare, with an emphasis on those in the medical profession in chapters authored by the editor.
Features: One of the most persistent patterns observed since the 12th century is that those in the lowest socioeconomic status groups have the highest rates of morbidity and mortality. Many chapters in this book address the complex nature of healthcare disparities and provide a serious look at how to overcome them in the U.S. Chapters authored by the editor provide a much weaker, less researched, version of information than that presented by the other authors. His focus on the medical profession (as opposed to all health professionals) limits the scope of applicability of the material presented. Additionally, his focus on African Americans limits the scope and magnitude of the issues impacting disparities in healthcare.
Assessment: "Although the book offers some innovative strategies for exploring health disparities (e.g., Krieger et al., and geocoding) as well as the politics that have prevented universal health care (Bigby), its failure to take a global perspective, comparing the U.S. with other industrialized nations, provides a narrow viewpoint and one that fundamentally misses the mark. "
From The Critics
Reviewer: Laura Anderko, RN, PhD(Georgetown University)
Description: This book presents historical perspectives of racial disparities in medical care, and possible interventions to eliminate healthcare disparities.
Purpose: The purpose is to help others proceed in their efforts to improve the "disparities situation," and "to raise the reader's level of consciousness and concern and to increase the knowledge base about the issues." These are worthy objectives, which the book achieves in many, but not all, of the chapters.
Audience: This book is intended, and I believe appropriate, for all those interested in the field of health and healthcare, with an emphasis on those in the medical profession in chapters authored by the editor.
Features: One of the most persistent patterns observed since the 12th century is that those in the lowest socioeconomic status groups have the highest rates of morbidity and mortality. Many chapters in this book address the complex nature of healthcare disparities and provide a serious look at how to overcome them in the U.S. Chapters authored by the editor provide a much weaker, less researched, version of information than that presented by the other authors. His focus on the medical profession (as opposed to all health professionals) limits the scope of applicability of the material presented. Additionally, his focus on African Americans limits the scope and magnitude of the issues impacting disparities in healthcare.
Assessment: Although the book offers some innovative strategies for exploring health disparities (e.g., Krieger et al., and geocoding) as well as the politics that have prevented universal health care (Bigby), its failure to take a global perspective, comparing the U.S. with other industrialized nations, provides a narrow viewpoint and one that fundamentally misses the mark.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Laura Anderko, RN, PhD(Georgetown University)
Description: "This book presents historical perspectives of racial disparities in medical care, and possible interventions to eliminate healthcare disparities. "
Purpose: "The purpose is to help others proceed in their efforts to improve the "disparities situation," and "to raise the reader's level of consciousness and concern and to increase the knowledge base about the issues." These are worthy objectives, which the book achieves in many, but not all, of the chapters. "
Audience: This book is intended, and I believe appropriate, for all those interested in the field of health and healthcare, with an emphasis on those in the medical profession in chapters authored by the editor.
Features: One of the most persistent patterns observed since the 12th century is that those in the lowest socioeconomic status groups have the highest rates of morbidity and mortality. Many chapters in this book address the complex nature of healthcare disparities and provide a serious look at how to overcome them in the U.S. Chapters authored by the editor provide a much weaker, less researched, version of information than that presented by the other authors. His focus on the medical profession (as opposed to all health professionals) limits the scope of applicability of the material presented. Additionally, his focus on African Americans limits the scope and magnitude of the issues impacting disparities in healthcare.
Assessment: "Although the book offers some innovative strategies for exploring health disparities (e.g., Krieger et al., and geocoding) as well as the politics that have prevented universal health care (Bigby), its failure to take a global perspective, comparing the U.S. with other industrialized nations, provides a narrow viewpoint and one that fundamentally misses the mark. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934115428
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface Richard Allen Williams, M.D.

Introduction The Honorable Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.

Foreward Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D.

Acknowledgements Richard Allen Williams, M.D.

Underlying Causes of Healthcare Disparities

1. Historical Perspectives on Healthcare Disparities: Is the Past Prologue?

Richard Allen Williams, M.D.

2. Epidemiology of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Healthcare

George A. Mensah, M.D. , FACP, FACC

Maleeka Glover, ScD, MPH

3. Cultural Diversity in Medicine and in Healthcare Delivery

Richard Allen Williams, M.D.

Current Problems

4. Healthcare and the Politics of Race

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

5. Barriers to Eliminating Disparities in Clinical Practice: Lessons From the IOM Report

Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H.

Angela Maina, B.S.

6. Second-Class Medicine: Implications of Evidence-Based Medicine for Improving Minority Access to the Correct Pharmaceutical Therapy

Randall W. Maxey, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard Allen Williams, M.D.

John Sankofa

7. The Diversity Benefit: How Does Diversity Among Health Professionals Address Public Needs?

Brian D. Smedley, Ph. D.

Approaches to Correcting the Problems

8. The Role of Health Plans in Eliminating Disparities

John W. Rowe, M.D.

Laura Donna, M.B.A.

9. Eliminating Healthcare Disparities Through Quality Improvement

Kevin Fiscella, M.D., M.P.H.

10. Eliminating Racial Discrimination in Healthcare: A Call for State Healthcare Anti-Discrimination Law

Vernellia R. Randall, M.S.N., J.D.

11. Quality of Care and Health Disparities: The Evolving Role of Government

Garth N. Graham, M.D., M.P.H.

12. The Role of Communities in Eliminating Disparities in Healthcare: Getting Down to the Grass Roots

JudyAnn Bigby, M.D.

13. The Potential Impact of Performance Incentive Programs on Racial Disparities in Healthcare

Alyna Chien, M.D., M.S.

Examples of What Works

14. Monitoring Socioeconomic Determinants for Healthcare Disparities : Tools From the Public Health Disparities Geocoding Project

Nancy Krieger, Ph.D.

15. The Association of Black Cardiologists: A Small-Group Success Story

Richard Allen Williams, M.D.

16. Breathe Easy In Seattle: Addressing Asthma Disparities Through Healthier Housing

James Krieger, M.D., M.P.H.

Tim K. Takaro, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Janice Rabkin, M.P.H., Ph. D.

17. Access Health Solutions: A Minority Physician Network Model That Works

Kathy B. Jackson, Ph. D.

18. Carolinas Association for Community Health Equity-CACHE: A Role Model for Community Health Organizations

Yele Aluko, M.D.

Concluding Recommendations

19. Principles for Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare

John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P.

Richard Allen Williams, M.D.

Index

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