04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Achieving equity in referrals for renal transplant evaluations with African-American patients: the role of nephrology social workers

Achieving equity in referrals for renal transplant evaluations with African-American patients: the role of nephrology social workers

Research over the last 12 years has repeatedly shown that African-American ESRD patients are less likely than white patients to be referred for a transplant evaluation. This article takes an exploratory look at issues surrounding this racial disparity. Among the issues focused on are: (a) the multiple ramifications from this racial disparity; (b) neglected factors […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Race and healthcare disparities: overcoming vulnerablity

Race and healthcare disparities: overcoming vulnerablity

The paper summarizes recently published data and recommendations about healthcare disparities experienced by African Americans who have Medicare or other healthcare coverage. Against this background the paper addresses the ethics of such disparities and how disadvantages of vulnerable populations like African Americans are typically maintained in decision making about how to respond to such disparities. […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Researching health inequities among African Americans: the imperative to understand social class

Researching health inequities among African Americans: the imperative to understand social class

Racial and ethnic inequities in health abound in many disease categories. African-American communities suffer from an increased burden of illness, with higher incidence and mortality rates and more severe morbidity in cerebrovascular disease, heart disease, several cancers, diabetes, and many other ailments. Healthy People 2010, the federal government’s health plan, calls for eliminating health disparities […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Does managed care gatekeeping affect African Americans’ access to emergency care?

Does managed care gatekeeping affect African Americans’ access to emergency care?

A number of national initiatives have focused attention on persistent racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. The rising tide of improvements in health has not raised all boats; in some cases, the health gap between whites and minorities has widened. Although many social and economic forces contribute to this gap, inequitable access […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Human genome, race and medicine.[see comment][comment]

Human genome, race and medicine.[see comment][comment]

In closing, with the new revelations of the Human Genome Project, notions on whether land-based race identity or ethnicity with genetic markers has been proven valid, with few exceptions. This has caused me to revisit the attempted effort to discard concepts on race, especially in medicine. Obviously there are outliers to this new work. But […]

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