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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Case Description | Case Background | Case Objectives | Case Exercise

Case 1. Health Disparities Research Case (Page 33 of 37)
Phase Two: Finding the Information

Q12. Where would you go to get high-quality books on this topic of racial and ethnic disparities?

Suggested Solution

Visit the National Academy Press site where all IOM reports are kept in full text. IOM's members and committees examine many issues of importance to health services researchers including those on racial and ethnic disparities. More information on the Institute of Medicine.

LocatorPlus is one of the NLM free online catalogs. Use the catalog to search for books on your issues using MeSH. For example, a search on 'vulnerable populations' turns up over 32 books (limiting to title).

Here are the titles of some of the books you might want to investigate:

Check these records and others to see where they are located. Many are available on the Web.

CINAHL includes full text documents in its database and is worth exploring as are the full text documents in HSTAT.

Other publishers including associations also have made a number of valuable documents available on the Web. The following are some of the many possible books from the Institute of Medicine you can examine for relevant content (complete citations):

Brian D. Smedley, Adrienne Y. Stith, and Alan R. Nelson, Editors, Committee on Understanding and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, 2003. 782 pages. [Online] Site URL: http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10260.html.

Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, Institute of Medicine. Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001. [Online] Site URL: http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10027.html.

Neil J. Smelser, William Julius Wilson, and Faith Mitchell, Editors; National Research Council. America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences, Volumes I, II, 2001. [Online] Site URL: Volume I: http://books.nap.edu/catalog/9599.html. Volume II: http://books.nap.edu/catalog/9719.html

Brian D. Smedley and Adrienne Y. Stith, Institute of Medicine; Lois Colburn, Association of American Medical Colleges; Clyde H. Evans, Association of Academic Health Centers. The Right Thing to Do, The Smart Thing to Do: Enhancing Diversity in Health Professions -- Summary of the Symposium on Diversity in Health Professions in Honor of Herbert W. Nickens, M.D., 2001. 376 pages. [Online] Site URL: http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10186.html

Be sure to check out the important players module (Module 3) for other books and documents located on their sites.

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