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Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life: A Research Agenda

Bulatao , Rodolfo A. and Anderson, Norman B. National Research Council (2004) Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life: A Research Agenda. National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.. ISBN 978-0-309-09247-0

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Abstract

As the population of older Americans grows, it is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Differences in health by racial and ethnic status could be increasingly consequential for health policy and programs. Such differences are are not simply a matter of education or ability to pay for health care. For instance, Asian Americans and Hispanics appear to be in better health, on a number of indicators, than White Americans, despite, on average, lower socioeconomic status. The reasons are complex, including possible roles for such factors as selective migration, risk behaviors, exposure to various stressors, patient attitudes, and geographic variation in health care. This volume, produced by a multidisciplinary panel, considers such possible explanations for racial and ethnic health differentials within an integrated framework. It provides a concise summary of available research and lays out a research agenda to address the many uncertainties in current knowledge. It recommends, for instance, looking at health differentials across the life course and deciphering the links between factors presumably producing differentials and biopsychosocial mechanisms that lead to impaired health.


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Item Type: Book
Additional Information: This book is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: racial and ethnic status, health policy
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Disparities
Health > Policy
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    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2011 09:29
    Last Modified: 04 Aug 2011 09:29
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2980

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