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Vulnerable Populations in the United States 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470599359
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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470599359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470599358
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This book is a very readable introduction to the issue of health disparities. It is a solid book for people who are interested in digging deeper into the theory behind disparities, and particularly for those who are working to help others. UPDATED 5/24/15: the more recent edition has a chapter with a review of the best available interventions. That chapter is very detailed, but also maybe a little outdated now? Would be good to have a third edition of this book.
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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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The authors make a great point that poverty rates are increasing in this country, companies are fast dropping health insurance coverage for their employees, and immigration continues to be on the rise. These facts make this book applicable to almost everyone...since there is no guarantee that the middle and upper classes will have health insurance in the next few years. Remember how Starbucks became famous for offering health insurance to all employees, but the points raised in this book were echoed just a few months back, when Starbucks stood on the steps of Congress and said they soon would no longer be able to offer this coverage because of the huge increases in price. This book prepares you for what's to come and offers some GREAT tips on what needs to be done to help make sure that these problems don't tear apart this country. It's a great read...Shi and Stevens should really be commmended.
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I have to agree with MedStudent SD about this book. Much of the text is simply a rehashing of the tables and charts. As a grad student, I think I know how to read a table or chart without a block of text telling me exactly what the table/chart just told me. The statistics spouted were, more than likely, outdated by the time the book became available for sale. Also, there are many more ways to be a "vulnerable population" than just being a minority, of low socioeconomic status, and uninsured. Those are the only three topics covered in this book while ignoring so many other influences. Some big missed opportunities here.
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