Human categories and health

The power of the concept of ethnicity

Kathryn Coe, Craig T. Palmer

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    The inclusion of ethnic minorities in cancer prevention studies is a scientific, logistic, cultural, and ethical issue. Ethnic minorities made up approximately significant percentage of the population of the USA, yet many issues raised above remain unanswered. In this chapter we describe the disparities that occur across the continuum of cancer, from early detection, to treatment quality, to survival. While disparities are regularly reported, one problem affecting research in ethnicity and health is that researchers employ the term to measure every important indicator associated with inequality or difference: socioeconomic status, cultural lifestyles and values, and genetic predispositions are all being measured by the ethnicity variable. The independent importance of this variable, however, is evident in the fact that even if we control for other factors, race and ethnicity are predictors of disparities (Palacio H, Kahn JG et al (2002) Effect of race and/or ethnicity in use of antiretrovirals and prophylaxis for opportunistic infection: a review of the literature. Public Health Rep 117(3):233–251; discussion 231–232; Cohen JJ (2003) Disparities in health care: an overview. Acad Emerg Med 10(11):1155–1160; Opolka JL, Rascati KL et al (2003) Role of ethnicity in predicting antipsychotic medication adherence. Ann Pharmacother 37(5):625–630; Guller U, Jain N et al (2004) Insurance status and race represent independent predictors of undergoing laparoscopic surgery for appendicitis: secondary data analysis of 145, 546 patients. J Am Coll Surg 199(4):567–575; discussion 575–577). We begin this chapter with a discussion of cancer disparities and then turn to a discussion of the definitions of race and ethnicity and the importance of incorporating an understanding of the interaction of genes and the environment in human development and in the development of disease.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationFundamentals of Cancer Prevention, Third Edition
    PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
    Pages195-219
    Number of pages25
    ISBN (Print)9783642389832, 9783642389825
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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    Health
    Healthcare Disparities
    Gene-Environment Interaction
    Insurance Coverage
    Medication Adherence
    Opportunistic Infections
    Appendicitis
    Human Development
    Genetic Predisposition to Disease
    Early Detection of Cancer
    Ethics
    Social Class
    Laparoscopy
    Antipsychotic Agents
    Life Style
    Neoplasms
    Public Health
    Research Personnel
    Survival
    Power (Psychology)

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)

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    Coe, K., & Palmer, C. T. (2014). Human categories and health: The power of the concept of ethnicity. In Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention, Third Edition (pp. 195-219). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-38983-2_7

    Human categories and health : The power of the concept of ethnicity. / Coe, Kathryn; Palmer, Craig T.

    Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention, Third Edition. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2014. p. 195-219.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Coe, K & Palmer, CT 2014, Human categories and health: The power of the concept of ethnicity. in Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention, Third Edition. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 195-219. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-38983-2_7
    Coe K, Palmer CT. Human categories and health: The power of the concept of ethnicity. In Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention, Third Edition. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 2014. p. 195-219 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-38983-2_7
    Coe, Kathryn ; Palmer, Craig T. / Human categories and health : The power of the concept of ethnicity. Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention, Third Edition. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2014. pp. 195-219
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