Davis, Jennifer R. and Wilson, Sacoby and Brock-Martin, Amy and Glover, Saundra and Svendsen, Erik R.
Context: A disaster is indiscriminate in whom it affects. Limited research has shown that the poor and medically underserved, especially in rural areas, bear an inequitable amount of the burden. Objective: To review the literature on the combined effects of a disaster and living in an area with existing health or health care disparities on a community's health, access to health resources, and quality of life. Methods: We performed a systematic literature review using the following search terms: disaster, health disparities, health care disparities, medically underserved, and rural. Our inclusion criteria were peer-reviewed, US studies that discussed the delayed or persistent health effects of disasters in medically underserved areas. Results: There has been extensive research published on disasters, health disparities, health care disparities, and medically underserved populations individually, but not collectively. Conclusions: The current literature does not capture the strain of health and health care disparities before and after a disaster in medically underserved communities. Future disaster studies and policies should account for differences in health profiles and access to care before and after a disaster.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||healthcare disparities • disasters • socioeconomic factors • rural health services • medically underserved area • surge capacity • review articles • community health planning • community disaster response|
|Subjects:||Health > Disparities|
Health > Policy
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|Date Deposited:||20 Jul 2011 17:33|
|Last Modified:||20 Jul 2011 17:33|
|Link to this item (URI):||http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2785|
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