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Vulnerable Populations in the United States [Paperback]

Leiyu Shi , Gregory D. Stevens
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December 21, 2010 0470599359 978-0470599358 2
Based on the authors' teaching and research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, the second edition of this landmark text offers a general framework for students, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers for learning about vulnerable populations. It contains in-depth data and information on major health and health care disparities by race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and health insurance coverage. It is thoroughly updated to include the latest data and trends and provides a detailed synthesis of recent and increasingly expansive programs and initiatives to remedy these disparities. To keep current with recent trends it incorporates the latest Healthy People 2020 objectives, includes new sections on real-world clinical examples, and discusses the impact of health care reform on vulnerable populations. The book's Web site includes instructor's materials that may be downloaded.

Praise for the First Edition of Vulnerable Populations in the United States

"An excellent primer for undergraduates and graduate students interested in vulnerable populations and health disparities."
New England Journal of Medicine

"Combines thoughtful, coherent theory with a large amount of information available in a single source. It will prove to be a valuable resource for policymakers, researchers, teachers, and students alike for years to come."
Journal of the American Medical Association

"A very worthwhile read for health care administrators, health policy analysts, public health and health promotion practitioners, students of public health, and health researchers."
Inquiry

"It makes clear that, for political, social, and economic (as well as moral) reasons, the country must increasingly make vulnerable populations a national health policy priority."
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

"I have reviewed a number of books looking for meaningful content to help my students understand and work with vulnerable populations. This is the most comprehensive, yet understandable book on the topic."
Doody's Reviews

"Provides much-needed guidance to policymakers challenged with providing solutions to this embarrassing issue in the United States."
F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Kentucky

Companion Web site: www.josseybass.com/go/shi


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“The issue of health disparities in the United States requires a major refocusing on our health care system and social justice. Addressing those disparities requires new ideas and new directions. Shi and Stevens provide much-needed guidance to policymakers challenged with providing solutions to this embarrassing issue in the United States.”
--F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, Peter P Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Kentucky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Vulnerable Populations in the United States

Vulnerable Populations in the United States offers in-depth data on access to care, quality of care, and health status and updates and summarizes what is currently known regarding the pathways and mechanisms linking vulnerability with poor health and health care outcomes.

The comprehensive volume

  • Summarizes the literature and provides empirical evidence of disparities in health care access, quality, and outcome for vulnerable populations
  • Explains the role of social and individual determinants in vulnerability
  • Details the impact of vulnerability on access, quality, and health status
  • Reviews programs currently in place for vulnerable populations

In addition, Vulnerable Populations in the United States proposes a new course of action to improve the health services system and addresses the multifaceted health needs of vulnerable populations.

"Provides much-needed guidance to policymakers challenged with providing solutions to this embarrassing issue in the United States."
—F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D., Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Kentucky

"Leiyu Shi and Greg Stevens may do for vulnerable populations what Dr. Shi did for health services research when he wrote its first textbook, Health Services Research Methods."
—William P. Brandon, Metrolina Medical Foundation Distinguished Professor of Health Policy, University of North Carolina Charlotte

"For students, researchers, practitioners, administrators, and policymakers—Shi and Stevens' book is required reading."
—Michael Seid, policy researcher, RAND Health

"A new model for understanding the multiple factors that contribute to vulnerability and how they interrelate."
—Keith J. Mueller, rural health research, University of Nebraska Medical Center --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470599359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470599358
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito... June 11, 2007
Format:Paperback
Am I missing something here? What is with all these positive reviews? This is the most laborious book I have ever let grace my senses. It is required reading for one of my classes, but there is absolutely NO in depth analysis of the statistical data presented. It is a VERY pedestrian and pedantic review of some very real common sense. Here is the whole book in a nutshell: The worse off you are in society, the worse your health is in this country. Now if you feel like you need 300 pages of graphs you'll probably never look at (because they are painstakingly described in text anyways), or you really want to know exactly how much more likely you are to have chronic illness if you are black, poor, and uninsured, then be my guest and buy this book. Just don't say you weren't warned. This book is only useful if you need a large source of recompiled stats and data on the topic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By milo
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A colleague gave me this book with the instructions, "READ THIS - IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT HEALTH DISPARITIES." It did and I have since given it to 4 other friends to read. This book is the first to link the multiple health risks that commonly characterize our underserved populations with vast disparities in health status. Personal anecdotes tie existing data to relevant theory in a clear and easy to understand format. Students, researchers, advocates and anyone interested in improving health care for vulnerable populations will find this book indispensable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for the public health nurse! September 11, 2005
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I am not a public health nurse, I am an ICU nurse at heart. However as doctoral student, this text was required for a course I am currently taking. It truly opened my eyes to vulnerability even within the US. With the recent and current national crisis and disasters, the concepts discussed are brought home.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart book, clear explanations, very comprehensive. June 17, 2006
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for a class on health care in the U.S. and it was the only book in my entire year of school that I actually kept! The others I sold back for $10 each, but this one is a keeper. In particular, I liked that it gives step-by-step instructions for people and organizations to use to solve the problem of health disparities. Also, very clearly written!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep a close eye on this book!!! July 3, 2005
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the most thorough and readable introductions to the national problem of health disparities I have seen. It is a perfect book for people who are interested in digging deeper into the theory behind disparities, and particularly for those who are actually involved in serving vulnerable populations. Also, for other professors out there, this book comes with an amazing set of lecture slides that will literally save you hours of work...so detailed and well-designed, with great explanatory animations. Very impressive! Keep a close eye on this book, because once you have it on your shelf, everyone will be asking if they can borrow it!!
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