Vulnerable Populations in the United States
Vulnerable Populations in the United States offers in-depth data on access to care, quality of care, and health status and updates and summarizes what is currently known regarding the pathways and mechanisms linking vulnerability with poor health and health care outcomes.
The comprehensive volume
In addition, Vulnerable Populations in the United States proposes a new course of action to improve the health services system and addresses the multifaceted health needs of vulnerable populations.
"Provides much-needed guidance to policymakers challenged with providing solutions to this embarrassing issue in the United States."
F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D., Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy, University of Kentucky
"Leiyu Shi and Greg Stevens may do for vulnerable populations what Dr. Shi did for health services research when he wrote its first textbook, Health Services Research Methods."
William P. Brandon, Metrolina Medical Foundation Distinguished Professor of Health Policy, University of North Carolina Charlotte
"For students, researchers, practitioners, administrators, and policymakersShi and Stevens' book is required reading."
Michael Seid, policy researcher, RAND Health
"A new model for understanding the multiple factors that contribute to vulnerability and how they interrelate."
Keith J. Mueller, rural health research, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Reviewer:Mariann C. Lovell, PhD, RN(University of Cincinnati School of Nursing)
Description:This book thoroughly examines the issue of vulnerability, from concept to empirical evidence of the determinants of vulnerability to the evaluation of programs that address vulnerable populations in the United States. It is logically organized and provides current data using easy-to-understand charts, graphs and tables.
Purpose:The purpose is to call attention to the inequitable health and healthcare experiences of vulnerable populations in the United States. It proposes a framework to study the vulnerable populations and evaluates programs aimed at reducing health disparities.
Audience:According to the authors, the book is written for academics (students and researchers alike) as well as for practitioners. In my opinion, the book is very useful for healthcare workers, including nurses and physicians, program planners, such as health department administrators, and for policy makers.
Features:This is the only book that I know of that so thoroughly covers vulnerability -- from presenting a well researched framework to analyzing the determinants of vulnerability to a proposal to resolve health disparities in vulnerable populations. Community determinants and the mechanisms of vulnerability are particularly well covered. The book's organization makes it easy to follow. The extensive glossary allows understanding by even the novice inquirer into vulnerable populations
Assessment:I have reviewed a number of books looking for meaningful content to help my students understand and work with vulnerable populations. This is the most comprehensive, yet understandable book on the topic.