HLTH 27000: Inequalities in U.S. Health Care

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Multidisciplinary Databases
CQ Researcher
A full-text resource from Congressional Quarterly Press that provides comprehensive reports with analysis on popular and controversial topics that are reported in the news. A good starting point.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
A full-text database covering controversial topics presented in a variety of formats from scholarly articles, news articles, essays, statistics, websites, videos, and more. 
EBSCO Research Library
The EBSCO Research Library is an interdisciplinary search across nearly 40 EBSCO databases. 

Health Databases

This is a great tool for finding primary medical and research articles.
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles. 

Statistical Database
Statista contains aggregated statistical information, and sometimes provides infographics. It's very easy to use!

Defining Your Research Question

  • Determine and define the clinical problem
·       Frame this in a question format as it will help you determine the key concepts: population, intervention and outcome.
  • Generate a list of keywords using PICO
·       Patient or Population (what is the disorder or disease)
·       Intervention
·       Comparison (if any)
·       Outcome (what you are hoping to assess)

Search Strategy Ideas

Once you've picked your population, think of synonyms. Here are a few examples:
Race or Ethnicity
  • Rac* or ethnic* or african american* or asian* or hispanic* or latin* or native american* or hasid*
  • Income or socioeconomic or poor or "low income" or poverty or working class
  • male or female or transgender
Disability (physical/mental)
  • disab* or "mental health" or mental illness or mental disorder
Geographical Location (rural/urban)
  • urban or inner city or metropolitan or city
Sexual Orientation
  • LGBT or gay* or lesbian* or trans*

Course Material

Barr, D. A. (2008). Health Disparities in the United States, Social Class, Race, Ethnicity and Health, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Krieger, N. (2011). Epidemiology and the people's health: Theory and context. New York: Oxford University Press. 
LaVeist, T. A., & Isaac, L. A. (2013). Race, ethnicity, and health: A public health reader. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 
Wilkinson, R. G., & Pickett, K. (2010). The spirit level: Why greater equality makes societies stronger. New York: Bloomsbury Press.

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