At Risk in America: The Health and Health Care Needs of Vulnerable Populations in the United States

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 28, 2002 - Medical - 400 pages
This updated second edition of At Risk in America provides a detailed analysis of those key population groups most vulnerable to disease and injury in the United States today-including homeless persons, refugees and immigrants, people living with AIDS, alcohol and substance abusers, high-risk mothers and infants, victims of family or other violence, and the chronically or mentally ill. Lu Ann Aday reviews the major theories and knowledge concerning these at-risk groups and offers new approaches and methodologies for tracing the social determinants and societal influences on health. She examines the specific health needs and risks faced by these groups, their experience in the health care system, the current policies and programs that serve them, and the research and policy initiatives that might be undertaken to help reduce their vulnerability.
 

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Contents

1 Who Are the Vulnerable?
1
2 How Many Are Vulnerable?
16
3 Who Is Most Vulnerable?
54
4 Why Are They Vulnerable?
91
5 What Programs Address Their Needs?
117
6 Who Pays for Their Care?
159
7 How Good Is Their Access to Care?
179
8 How Much Does Their Care Cost?
200
10 What Do We Still Need to Know?
239
11 What Programs and Policies Are Needed?
264
Resource A National Data Sources on Vulnerable Populations
279
Resource B Source Notes on the Data Tables
289
References
295
Name Index
353
Subject Index
364
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9 Whats the Quality of Their Care?
219

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LU ANN ADAY is professor of Behavioral Sciences and Management and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas, Houston, School of Public Health. Her previous books include Designing and Conducting Health Surveys: Second Edition (Jossey-Bass, 1996) and Evaluating the Health Care System: Second Edition (1998).

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