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Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural Societies


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1. Introduction: the concepts of ethnicity and race in health; 2. Terminology and classifications for ethnic and racial groups; 3. Challenges of collecting and interpreting data using the concepts of ethnicity and race; 4. Historical analysis of the development of health and health care services for ethnic minorities; 5. Defining health and health care needs using quantitative and qualitative data; 6. Ethnic inequalities in health and health care; 7. Principles for setting priorities for ethnic minority populations; 8. Strategic approaches to health and health care services for ethnic minority groups; 9. Research on and with ethnic minority groups: past and future; 10. Theoretical, ethical and future-orientated perspectives

About the Author

Professor Raj Bhopal has written approximately 150 peer reviewed works on subjects including Legionnaires' disease, environmental epidemiology, primary care, ethnicity and health, and the applications of epidemiology.
His textbook, Concepts of Epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press in 2002, won the BMA 1st prize in the Public Health category in December 2003.
He has served as non-executive Director of the Health Education Authority (1996-1999).
In 2000 he was awarded the J W Starkey Silver Medal (2000) of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health for "outstanding work in the promotion of health in medical, paramedical and psychiatric fields."
Professor Bhopal was appointed CBE in 2001 for his services to public health; and in November 2005 he was awarded an honorary DSc by Queen Margaret University College for his services to the improvement of health in the community.


The book's clear presentation of methods of enquiry grounded in examples of health-care policy and planning is designed to encourage changes in actual practice. Bulletin of the WHO Professor Bhopal must be commended for taking on such an important, complex and timely issue...and this book will appeal to postgraduates in science, social sciences, public health, epidemiology and medicine, but undergrads may find the book useful and interesting as well. Preventive Medicine Addressing the inequities that create and sustain ethnic disparities in health is an ongoing challenge in public health. [The book] will undoubtedly become a seminal text in [the field]. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Bhopal's important and comprehensive Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural Societies challenges us to achieve better health for ethnic minority populations... provides critical and thought-provoking insights into public health research and clinical practice with multiethnic population. The Lancet It is a rare book that appeals equally to clinicians, policy-makers and academics. But Raj Bhopal, Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, brings his vast expertise in health and multicultural studies to bear in this authoritative text... This book will withstand the test of time and is excellent value for money. It is a resource you will want to keep on your desk, not on the shelf. Nursing Standard This is no ordinary book. It is an ideal companion for anyone interested in finding their way through the forest of ignorance, misinformation and prejudice that surround the concepts of ethnicity and race and what they have to do with health and health care provision. Dr Laurence Gruer, Director of Public Health Science, NHS Health Scotland

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