Healthcare disparities

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  • Racial and ethnic minorities tend to receive a lower quality of healthcare than non-minorities, even when access-related factors, such as patients’ insurance status and income, are controlled. The sources of these disparities are complex, are rooted in historic and contemporary inequities, and involve many participants at several levels, including health systems, their administrative and bureaucratic processes, utilization managers, healthcare professionals, and patients.

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  • The Boston Children’s Hospital Library and the Career and Faculty Development Collection The Library co-sponsors with the OFD Lunch Topics Workshops with authors of special interest to Boston Children’s faculty members, generally with an emphasis on work/life balance. Meghan Weir, MD, a Boston Children’s ED Staff Physician, talked about her experiences and insights during her residency at Boston Children’s from her book Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency.

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  • The Hindus and the Muslims liked and trusted him. Mary had known him all her life. When her father died, still a young man, and she and her mother had returned to England, Edgar Swift, whenever he came home on leave, spent a great part of his time with them. As a child he took her to the pantomime or the circus; as a girl in her teens, to the pictures or to the theatre; he sent her presents for her birthday and at Christmas. When she was nineteen her mother had said to her: `I wouldn't see too much...

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  • At the same time, employees continue to face a growing affordability gap as their out-of-pocket health care costs rise at a higher rate than their income and the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and it becomes more difi cult to save for retirement. Amid the political, legislative and judicial uncertainty, most employers are steadfast in their commitment to keeping active health care benei ts as a central component of their employee value proposition.

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  • Women’s health is a priority population for AHRQ, meaning women have unique health care needs or issues that require special focus. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) supports research on all aspects of health care provided to women, including: enhancing the response of the health system to women’s needs; understanding differences between the health care needs of women and men; understanding and eliminating disparities in health care; and providing evidence to inform women in their health care decisions.

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  • Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is the most common known preventable cause of mental impairment. Babies with FAS have distinctive changes in their facial features and they may be born small. The brain damage that occurs with FAS can result in lifelong problems with learning, memory, attention, and problem solving. These alcohol-related changes in the brain may be present even in babies whose appearance and growth are not affected.

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  • On top of these pay disparities, women also face higher healthcare costs than men, which can put a serious dent in their incomes. In 14 states, more than 90% of the best-selling health plans charge women more than men. In the aggregate, women spend an estimated $1 billion more than men for equivalent health coverage. 5 Women are also far more likely to experience domestic violence, which threatens not just their safety, health, and well-being, but their financial security as well. Women who experience intimate partner violence are at higher risk for job loss...

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  • Consumers, healthcare providers, public health professionals, employers, policymakers, and others recognize that ready access to relevant, reliable information would greatly improve everyone’s ability to address personal and community health concerns. 2,3 Medical errors and adverse effects have been documented to be severe problems for which information is a crucial part of the solution.

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