Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
The vast majority of physicians would probably agree that prejudice
is morally unacceptable and inconsistent with their professional values. However,
we are all influenced by broader social trends, and there is persistent racial
and ethnic discrimination in many areas of American life. Disparities in the
health care of racial and ethnic minorities continue to exist and are associated
with worse health outcomes.
This comprehensive study of the problem and the search for effective
ways to solve it was initiated with an act of Congress, which mandated that
the Institute of Medicine study disparities in health and health care. Specifically,
the institute was given the charge to "assess the extent of racial and ethnic
differences in health care that are not otherwise attributable to known factors
such as access to care."
Capps L. Health Care Disparities. JAMA. 2003;290(18):2487-2488. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2487-a