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Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural SocietiesFoundations for better epidemiology, public health, and health care$
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Raj S. Bhopal

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568179.001.0001

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Principles for setting priorities for ethnic minority populations

Principles for setting priorities for ethnic minority populations

(p.182) Chapter 7 Principles for setting priorities for ethnic minority populations
Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural Societies

Bhopal Raj S.

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that similarities between human populations tend to outweigh differences; that the general priorities of health care systems are of great importance to minority ethnic groups. Public health and health care initiatives must, therefore, cater for the ethnic majority and minority populations simultaneously, with work of equal potential effectiveness and sensitivity. Topics discussed include the nature of priority-setting, and the contribution of pubic health sciences; social values as an underpinning force in priority-setting for ethnic minority groups; the utility and futility of the comparative approach; using epidemiological data to help influence priorities for ethnic minority health; and the impact of choosing priorities on reducing and widening ethnic inequalities in health.

Keywords:   priorities, ethnic groups, minority groups, health care initiatives, priority-setting, social values

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