Disparities Within The Health Care Environment

1702 WordsJul 29, 20167 Pages
Healthcare Disparities Healthcare disparities have been an issue all over the world for a very long time. The purpose of this paper is to give you knowledge on disparities within the health care environment. This paper will discuss the definition of disparities, types of disparities, reasons for disparities, statistical data from trends and reports, and information on disparities elimination and improvements. What are healthcare disparities? Defining a disparity can eliminate confusion that disparities only relates to one type of group. It is commonly thought that disparities fall under racial and ethnic disparities. In all reality there are many areas of healthcare disparities. The best way to describe a healthcare disparity is be seeing it as a greater or lesser health outcome between populations. Another way to view disparities within the population is based off of the higher rates of disease, deaths, and suffering (U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2016). There are others areas of healthcare disparities to look into, such as immigrants and sexual orientation but for the purpose of this paper the following types will be the main areas discussed. The types of disparities of concern in this paper will include racial or ethnicity, gender, disabilities, socioeconomic, and geographic (Promotion, 2014). When looking into the racial or ethnic disparities, the population identifies themselves as racial or ethnic minority groups. Some examples of this population could
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