Health Disparities in the United States: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Social Work in Health Care - Toba Schwaber Kerson DSWPhD

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

Choice

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.

JAMA

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.

Future Survey

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

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

— Christopher Masi

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

— Jose A. Lopez, MD, MPH

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Barr has written a captivating and well-researched book.

— Krista Drescher-Burke

Family Medicine - Jose A. Lopez

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

Social Service Review - Christopher Masi

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

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare - Krista Drescher-Burke

Barr has written a captivating and well-researched book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801888212
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 367,473
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the Social Roots of Health Disparities 1

2 What Is "Health"? How Should We Define It? How Should We Measure It? 14

3 The Relationship between Socioeconomic Status and Health, or, "They Call It 'Poor Health' for a Reason" 42

4 Understanding How Low Social Status Leads to Poor Health 73

5 Race, Ethnicity, and Health 105

6 Race/Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, and Health: Which Is More Important in Affecting Health Status? 134

7 All Things Being Equal, Does Race/Ethnicity Affect How Physicians Treat Patients? 169

8 Why Does Race/Ethnicity Affect the Way Physicians Treat Patients? 200

9 When, If Ever, Is It Appropriate to Use a Patient's Race/Ethnicity to Guide Medical Decisions? 228

10 What Should We Do to Reduce Health Disparities? 247

References 273

Index 291

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Thought-provoking read

    This is required reading for a graduate class I'm taking. Most required texts are in serious danger of suffering from a wild highlighter in the hands of the reader falling asleep. This is not the case with Dr. Barr's book. This book is comprehensive, organized, and interesting reading. I actually looking forward to reading each chapter. The text is rich with examples and gives several realistic perspectives on topics that will interest students and professionals from various fields in each chapter.

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