Medical Management ofVulnerable and Underserved Patients Principles, Practice, and Populations Second Edition Ebook PDF download
Medical Management ofVulnerable and Underserved Patients Principles, Practice, and Populations Second Edition Ebook PDF download ear decade since we published the irst edition o this book, research has irmly established that populations o lower socioeconomic status and rom minority racial and ethnic backgrounds have worse health and o ten receive a lower standard o health care. Worse health out- comes attributed to inequity in distribution o resources, initially termed disparities in health and health care, are now more aptly and pointedly re erred to as inequities in health and health care. hese inequities are attributed to broad social orces that shape the way we live and how medicine is practiced. With this perspective, a person’s and a community’s health and the health care they receive aremeasureso socialjustice.
As clinicians, there is perhaps no more distressing medical research than that which suggests that health- care workers and the health-care system contribute to inequities in health or vulnerable populations. Studies reveal that health-care workers continue to eel ill pre- pared when caring or vulnerable patients, especially those who are chronically ill, the elderly, addicted, men- tally ill, victims o violence, or rom minority or disadvan- taged backgrounds. Hence, health-care workers may be the third actor in a “triple jeopardy” vulnerable patients.
ace when it comes to health care: not only are these patients more likely to be ill and to have di iculty access- ing care, but when they do, the care they receive is more likely to be suboptimal. Fortunately, training health-care workers to care or vulnerable patients makes a di erence. With training, they are more willing to work with these populations and provide better care.
We hope the second edition o our book will be part o an ongoing process o improving our pro essions’ abil- ity to discharge its obligation to enhance social justice by both delivering comprehensive care or all patients and challenging the policies that undermine health or under- privileged patients and health-care access and delivery. Although grounded in health care as it is practiced in the United States, we draw rom evidence and practices worldwide and believe that the concepts and approaches are relevant to medical practice globally.