Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow, JAMA.
In the United States, ethnic and racial minorities, along with the poor, regularly experience worse health outcomes and lower standards of care than the US population at large. Ultimately, government action that fundamentally changes current health and social policies will be needed to reduce these health and health care disparities. But until those policy changes are made, a substantial number of Americans will remain at increased risk for poor health outcomes and will continue to receive no health care or substandard care, often from clinicians ill-prepared to work with socially and medically complex populations within a poorly funded and fragmented safety-net system.
Gregg J. Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients: Principles, Practice, and Populations. JAMA. 2007;297(10):1131-1134. doi:10.1001/jama.297.10.1133