This series on Research in the Sociology of Health Care generally deals with issues related to health, health care services, and sociological concerns.
Specific topics vary from year to year. Each year’s book deals with an issue of importance in both the US health care system and health care systems across the world.
Topics that have been covered in recent years include research on social inequalities, social disparities, chronic diseases, population health and research on access, quality and utilization of health care services. Most of these topics have a very long tradition in sociological research, and have long been one of the more important topics covered by medical sociologists.
Volumes typically include theoretical, qualitative and quantitative papers, and deals with complex understandings of macro system issues, the impact of the patient and individual factors on health and health care and the impact of the provider and interaction between providers and patients.
Often there is a mix between macro system issues, more theoretical approaches to the topic and quantitative approaches. Some volumes include many articles with a greater focus on patient characteristics, while others may have fewer from that perspective. Articles vary greatly in their coverage, with some focusing on the US as a whole, and others on specific sections of the US or subgroups within the population such as African American women or the elderly. Other articles focus on issues from an international or comparative perspective. Some volumes will include articles that focus on providers and issues of social inequality and health care delivery. Research on providers of care is another long, important research tradition within medical sociology. Other volumes include papers that examine issues of gender, race and poverty as examples of sources of inequality in modern societies.
Each volume tries to include information that is essential reading for medical sociologists and people working in other social science disciplines studying health-related issues. The volume also provides vital information for health services researchers, policy analysts and public health researchers.
Volume 31 - Social Determinants, Health Disparities and Linkages to Health and Health Care
This volume looks at the key links between social determinants, health disparities and health and health care. There is a particular focus on macro-level systems and micro-level issues, including the examination of issues for patients, carers and providers of care.
Coverage includes papers on geographical and place factors and disparities, SES and race/ethnicity factors, chronic care and serious health problems such as HIV/AIDs and kidney transplantation, comparative aspects and perceptions of health disparities.
Starting with an introduction that reviews the crucial sociological literature on social determinants and health disparities, papers in this volume go on to cover key themes including ageing, barriers to care, ethnicity, social inequalities, the views of parents on their children’s care, and doctor/patient relationships.
Hewitt, Ann - Addressing Health Disparities: Understanding Place in the Role of Social Determinant Interventions
Olafsdottir, Sigrun; Beckfield, Jason, and Bakhtiari, Elyas - Contextualizing Disparities: The Case for Comparative Research on Social Inequalities in Healthcare
Smith, Galen H. and Scheid, Teresa L - An Application of the Andersen Model of Health Utilization to the Understanding of the Role of Race Concordant Doctor/Patient Relationships in Reducing Health Disparities
Professor Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld is a faculty member of the Cente of Popular Dynamics at Arizona State University. She conducts research in medical sociology, especially in health care utilization, health care behavior and aging, as well as more broadly health across the life course and health policy issues. With some of the CePod faculty and other ASU faculty, she is currently working on a variety of issues related to adolescent obesity. She is also working on projects on utilization of health care services using national databases such as the Health Interview Survey and MEPS, including issues relating to specialty care use and CAM (complementary and alternative medicine). Professor Kronenfeld has conducted research in a variety of topics related to child health, including recruitment into SCHIP (state child health insurance program), obesity and immunization. Professor Kronenfeld is a past chair of the medical sociology section, American Sociological Association, and past secretary of the Medical Care section, American Public Health Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior.
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- Issues in Health and Health Care Related to Race/Ethnicity, Immigration, SES and Gender, Volume 30
- Access to Care and Factors that Impact Access, Patients as Partners in Care and Changing Roles of Health Providers, Volume 29
- The Impact of Demographics on Health and Health Care: Race, Ethnicity and Other Social Factors, Volume 28
- Social Sources of Disparities in Health and Health Care and Linkages to Policy, Population Concerns and Providers of Care , Volume 27
- Care for Major Health Problems and Population Health Concerns: Impacts on Patients, Providers and Policy, Volume 26
- Inequalities and Disparities in Health Care and Health: Concerns of Patients, Providers and Insurers , Volume 25
- Access, Quality and Satisfaction with Care: Concerns of Patients, Providers and Insurers , Volume 24
- Health Care Services, Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Underserved Population: Patient and Provider Perspectives, Volume 23
- Chronic Care, Health Care Systems and Services Integration, Volume 22
- Reorganizing Health Care Delivery Systems: Problems of Managed Care and Other Models of Health Care Delivery , Volume 21
- Social Inequalities, Health and Health Care Delivery , Volume 20
- Changing Consumers and Changing Technology in Health Care and Health Care Delivery, Volume 19
- Health, Illness and Use of Care: The Impact of Social Factors, Volume 18
- Health Care Providers, Institutions, and Patients: Changing Patterns of Care Provision and Care Delivery, Volume 17
- Quality, Planning of Services, and Access Concerns: Impacts on Providers of Care, Health Care Institutions, and Patients, Volume 16
- Consumers and Evolving Health Care Delivery System: Necessary Changes for Providers of Care, Volume 14
- Patients, Consumers, Providers and Care Givers, Volume 12