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Health Disparities

Differences in health status and outcomes among different groups of people

About Health Disparities






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. 

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