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Disparities in health and health care: focusing efforts to eliminate unequal burdens.

Baldwin, Dee M (2003) Disparities in health and health care: focusing efforts to eliminate unequal burdens. Online journal of issues in nursing, 8 (1). p. 2. ISSN 1091-3734

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Disparities in health and health care have been around for more than two centuries. Evidence suggests that health disparities in ethnic and racial minorities continue to be problematic, with little progress made to eliminate them over time. Ethnic and racial disparities exist for multiple and complex reasons. However, new solutions are needed to resolve some of these old problems. Framing the debate and discussion around the distinctiveness related to disparities in health and health care is a necessary beginning in eliminating unequal burdens in health status. Focusing efforts to eliminate unequal burdens can strengthen existing solutions and policy formation related to this issue. This article defines disparities in health and health care, describes current health disparities impacting ethnic/racial groups, reviews historical factors associated with existing disparities in ethnic/racial groups, and concludes with challenges and solutions to alleviate these disparities.

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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: health disparities; diversity; ethnic and racial minorities; unequal burden
Subjects: Health > Disparities
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Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2011 12:26
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2011 12:26
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3579

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