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[EQ] Measuring and Analyzing Health Care Disparities

Measuring and Analyzing Health Care Disparities

Health Services Research - Volume 47, Issue 3pt2, June 2012

Edited by: Jacqueline S. Zinn and  José J. Escarce

Published on behalf of Health Research and Educational Trust in cooperation with AcademyHealth


This special issue of Health Services Research is devoted to highlighting challenges in the measurement of disparities in health care and exploring innovative approaches to address these challenges. The articles in this issue arose from a conference on “Methodological and Conceptual Issues in the Measurement of Healthcare Disparities” convened at Harvard University in February 2010.

This conference was jointly organized by the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research of the Cambridge Health Alliance through a Disparity Center funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and by the Health Disparities Research Program of Harvard Catalyst. The conference featured presentations and multidisciplinary dialog among researchers who assess health care disparities from multiple perspectives, including health services research, economics, sociology, biostatistics, medicine, and public health.

The articles in this special issue have three primary themes:
(1) measurement challenges when examining and evaluating mechanisms of health care disparities from diverse disciplinary perspectives;
(2) recent innovations in disparities measurement and analytic methods; and
(3) recommendations to health services researchers for measuring and tracking health care disparities in diverse contexts


Taking the Measure of Health Care Disparities

Margarita Alegria, Romana Hasnain-Wynia and John Z. Ayanian

Measuring Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: Methods and Practical Issues

Benjamin Lê Cook, Thomas G. McGuire and Alan M. Zaslavsky

Integrating Multiple Social Statuses in Health Disparities Research: The Case of Lung Cancer

David R. Williams, Emily Z. Kontos, K. Viswanath, Jennifer S. Haas, Christopher S. Lathan, Laura E. MacConaill, Jarvis Chen and John Z. Ayanian

Elucidating the Role of Place in Health Care Disparities: The Example of Racial/Ethnic Residential Segregation

Kellee White, Jennifer S. Haas and David R. Williams

The Validity of Race and Ethnicity in Enrollment Data for Medicare Beneficiaries

Alan M. Zaslavsky, John Z. Ayanian and Lawrence B. Zaborski

The Impact of Insurance Coverage in Diminishing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Behavioral Health Services

Margarita Alegria, Julia Lin, Chih-Nan Chen, Naihua Duan, Benjamin Cook and Xiao-Li Meng

Lessons from the Use of Vignettes in the Study of Mental Health Service Disparities

Sheri Lapatin, Marta Gonçalves, Anna Nillni, Ligia Chavez, Roxana Llerena Quinn, Alexander Green and Margarita Alegría

A Systematic Review of Community-Based Participatory Research
to Enhance Clinical Trials in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups

Denise De Las Nueces, Karen Hacker, Ann DiGirolamo and LeRoi S. Hicks

Looking to the Future:
Incorporating Genomic Information into Disparities Research to Reduce Measurement Error and Selection Bias

Alexandra E. Shields and William H. Crown



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