Groups of people differ in terms of disease incidence and prevalence, disease course, and health outcomes. Research in this area includes:
- whether or not there are health disparities for a given condition for given groups of people
- what those health disparities are and what impact they have on the group and/or society
- what is causing those health disparities (genetics, enviromental conditions, cultural conditions, access to medical care, differential treatment, etc.)
- how identified health disparities can be eliminated (educational interventions, improved screening, etc.)
It's important to remember that many people are members of multiple groups affected by health disparities, such as a Latina who is underinsured living in an urban area a transgender teen living in a rural area. The distinctions made in this LibGuide are for ease of finding information.