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The Health Impact of Resolving Racial Disparities: An Analysis of US Mortality Data

Woolf, Steven H. and Johnson, Robert E. and Fryer, George E., Jr and Rust, George and Satcher, David (2004) The Health Impact of Resolving Racial Disparities: An Analysis of US Mortality Data. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (12). pp. 2078-2081. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

The US health system spends far more on the “technology” of care (e.g., drugs, devices) than on achieving equity in its delivery. For 1991 to 2000, we contrasted the number of lives saved by medical advances with the number of deaths attributable to excess mortality among African Americans. Medical advances averted 176 633 deaths, but equalizing the mortality rates of Whites and African Americans would have averted 886202 deaths. Achieving equity may do more for health than perfecting the technology of care.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology of care; equity in its delivery; excess mortality; equity
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Disparities
Research
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 10:19
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1027

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