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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This book ties together intellectual disabilities, health inequities, public health, and the link to health policy.
Purpose: The premise is that using a public health lens to examine individuals with intellectual disabilities and increasing awareness of increased morbidity and mortality of these individuals will help promote the understanding of underlying issues and policy objectives. The latter is aimed at improving health outcomes for this population.
Audience: The intended audience is practitioners, health advocates, policy makers, and researchers. Health professional students and those interested in developmental disabilities also may benefit from the book.
Features: The book addresses the nature of intellectual disabilities using a capabilities framework. Definitions of health and health inequalities set the stage for the rest of the book, which focuses on the public health perspective of this population. Social determinants of health are scattered throughout the book to remind readers of the link between health and social context. There are no references from the last two years. From a global perspective, the work done during this time, especially concerning women and children and what contributes to infant/child morbidity and mortality, has been significant. This book also contains a lot of terminology that is not familiar to many outside public health. A brief definition of more terms throughout the book would make it easier to follow.
Assessment: There is no comparable book on the market. This is a complex issue and the information difficult to digest. The authors are to be commended for tackling such a difficult subject.