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

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Overview


About the Author:
Donald A. Barr, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, California

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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.
Future Survey
We will not be able to eliminate disparities in health status that stem from inequality, but we can reduce them.
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.
Social Service Review
Barr's book will go a long way toward convincing American policymakers and the public that health disparities are neither acceptable nor inevitable.
Choice
Clearly written, with an extensive list of references, this book will be useful for all audiences and an important text for professionals in the health field, especially those in medical education. Highly recommended.
Choice

Clearly written, with an extensive list of references, [this book] 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 will serve well as a foundational text for courses on the subject and for individuals looking for a well-organized, highly researched text.
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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: 602,548
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald A. Barr, MD, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics and education at Stanford University. He is the author of Introduction to U.S. Health Policy, third 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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