Healthcare Disparities

Publication Title: 
International Review of Psychiatry (Abingdon, England)

The Salutogenesis theory and its essential component, the sense of coherence (SOC) is an epigenetic concept. The SOC was defined as a 'way of being in the world'. As such it is most important that one's SOC will be intact for healthy mental status. Collisions between western and non-western cultures might interfere in the process of psychiatric and psychotherapeutic treatment. This review demonstrates the importance of a culture-sensitive approach and therapy and the usefulness of specific culture-sensitive services for certain non-western populations.

Author(s): 
Benyamin, Maoz
Hadar, Shalev
Asher, Shiber
Publication Title: 
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires not-for-profit hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, to engage in meaningful community assessment and collaboration efforts in order to maintain their tax-exempt status. Now that the ACA has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, this paper argues that the requirements related to a more robust community engagement process should be embraced by Catholic not-for-profit hospitals and health systems.

Author(s): 
McCruden, Patrick
Publication Title: 
Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

Leaders of health professional schools often support community-based education as a means of promoting emerging practitioners' awareness of health disparities and commitment to serving the poor. Yet, most programs do not teach about the causes of health disparities, raising questions regarding what social and political lessons students learn from these experiences. This article examines the ways in which community-based clinical education programs help shape the subjectivities of new dentists as ethical clinician-citizens within the US commodified health care system.

Author(s): 
Rivkin-Fish, Michele
Publication Title: 
International Journal for Equity in Health

BACKGROUND: Egalitarianism and altruism are two ways in which people may have attitudes that go beyond the narrowly defined selfish preferences. The theoretical constructs of egalitarianism and altruism are different from each other, yet there may be connections between the two. This paper explores the empirical relationship between egalitarianism and altruism, in the context of health. METHODS: We define altruism as individual behaviour that aims to benefit another individual in need; and egalitarianism as a characteristic of a social welfare function, or a meta-level preference.

Author(s): 
Ab·solo, Ignacio
Tsuchiya, Aki
Publication Title: 
Social Work in Public Health

This article explores the phenomenon of companionship as an adaptation strategy to counter the existing barriers to health care access in developing nations. Companionship is argued to be an outcome of "inter" and "intra" household collaboration to offer diverse supports in addition to altruism. The analysis of the household survey conducted in West Bengal, India, exhibited different patterns of health care tours and the associated dependencies.

Author(s): 
Jana, Arnab
Harata, Noboru
Kiyoshi, Takami
Ohmori, Nobuaki
Publication Title: 
Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The unmet demand for kidney transplantation has generated intense controversy about introducing incentives for living kidney donors to increase donation rates. Such debates may affect public perception and acceptance of living kidney donation. This study aims to describe the range and depth of public opinion on financial reimbursement, compensation, and incentives for living kidney donors.

Author(s): 
Tong, Allison
Ralph, Angelique F.
Chapman, Jeremy R.
Wong, Germaine
Gill, John S.
Josephson, Michelle A.
Craig, Jonathan C.
Publication Title: 
BMC health services research

BACKGROUND: Millions of individuals with malaria-like fevers purchase drugs from private retailers, but artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), the only effective treatment in regions with high levels of resistance to older drugs, are rarely obtained through these outlets due to their relatively high cost. To encourage scale up of ACTs, the Affordable Medicines Facility--malaria is being launched to subsidize their price.

Author(s): 
Cohen, Justin M.
Sabot, Oliver
Sabot, Kate
Gordon, Megumi
Gross, Isaac
Bishop, David
Odhiambo, Moses
Ipuge, Yahya
Ward, Lorrayne
Mwita, Alex
Goodman, Catherine
Publication Title: 
BMC research notes

BACKGROUND: Universal access to effective treatments is a goal of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. However, despite official commitments and substantial increases in financing, this objective remains elusive, as development assistance continue to be routed largely through government channels, leaving the much needed highly effective treatments inaccessible or unaffordable to those seeking services in the private sector.

Author(s): 
Malisa, Allen Lewis
Kiriba, Deodatus
Publication Title: 
Health Policy and Planning

Coverage of case management interventions remains low and inadequate to achieve millennium development goal (MDG) target reductions in child mortality. Children living in the poorest households are particularly disadvantaged. Community case management (CCM) uses trained and supervised community health workers to improve access to, quality of and demand for effective case management. Evidence that CCM programs can achieve equitable improvements in coverage is limited. This cross-sectional study uses a quasi-experimental design with intervention and comparison areas.

Author(s): 
Littrell, Megan
Moukam, Laure Vartan
Libite, Roger
Youmba, Jean Christian
Baugh, Gunther
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Elevated stress can exacerbate cancer symptom severity, and after completion of primary cancer treatments, many individuals continue to have significant distress. Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery (MBCR) is an 8-week group psychosocial intervention consisting of training in mindfulness meditation and yoga designed to mitigate stress, pain, and chronic illness. Efficacy research shows face-to-face (F2F) MBCR programs have positive benefits for cancer patients; however barriers exist that impede participation in F2F groups.

Author(s): 
Zernicke, Kristin A.
Campbell, Tavis S.
Speca, Michael
McCabe-Ruff, Kelley
Flowers, Steven
Dirkse, Dale A.
Carlson, Linda E.

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