An essential guide to clinical issues encountered during management of patients of varied cultural and economic backgrounds This essential text assists health care students and practitioners in delivering skilled and appropriate care to all patients, no matter their ethnicity, country of origin, cultural history, or access to services.
Resources & Tools
What are health disparities?
Healthy People offers an overview of health disparities and related resources. MedlinePlus - Health Disparities
Health disparities refer to differences between groups of people. These differences can affect how frequently a disease affects a group, how many people get sick, or how often the disease causes death. Determinants of Health - Healthy People
The range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health status are known as determinants of health. Finding Answers Intervention Research (FAIR) Database
The FAIR Database is a searchable tool containing 388 journal article summaries, distilled from 11 systematic reviews of the published health disparities literature. The systematic reviews were published as a Special Supplement to the October 2007 issue of Medical Care Research and Review, and a symposium in the July 2012 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries
This site lets you search for published literature related to the Healthy People 2020 topic areas. MEDLINE PubMed Health Disparities Search
PubMed search and links to other health disparities information resources, including research article citations. Centers for Disease Control Prevention and Control (CDC) - Health Disparities
CDC aims to eliminate health disparities for vulnerable populations as defined by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, geography, gender, age, disability status, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - CDC
Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to “attain his or her full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.” Health inequities are reflected in differences in length of life; quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; severity of disease; and access to treatment. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Health Services Research Information Center (HSRIC)
HSRIC is a research portal of health services research resources providing numerous Internet links to data, funding announcements, reports, podcasts, discussion groups, and more. Kaiser Family Foundation - Disparities in Health and Health Care
Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. Health Care Innovations Exchange (AHRQ)
The Exchange was created to speed up the implementation of new and better ways of delivering health care. There are tools that can help you assess, measure, promote, and improve the quality of health care.