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Special Issue "Socioeconomic Inequalities in Access to Care, Outcomes, and Healthcare Utilization"
A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Policy".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2023) | Viewed by 11406
Special Issue Editors
Interests: health services research; socioeconomic disparities in access to care and outcomes; quality of care and patient safety; community engagement and comparative effectiveness research; palliative care, and substance use and mental health
Interests: healthcare quality and patient safety; patient safety culture; healthcare finance; health information technology; cultural competency, and diversity
Interests: Health and healthcare disparities; health outcomes; public health prevention strategies; social health issues; unhealthy psychosocial behaviors; the role of dissent leadership in effecting positive change
Special Issue Information
An abundance of research now confirms a direct relationship between socioeconomic status and health outcomes. Oftentimes mitigated by unequal access to care, and patterned barriers to healthcare utilization, an urgent need exists for an expansion in knowledge of the multiple variables that links socioeconomic status to overall health outcomes. The partially answered research questions on socioeconomic inequalities are many.
1) Are differential behavioral variables most predictive of the impact of incidences of socioeconomic status upon the illness and disease and death rates across the multiple SES strata?
2) Are socioeconomic inequalities highly correlated with levels of stress across and within the various strata?
3) How do patterns of causation differ globally and what can be learned from such operational forces when the health/SES linkages are comparatively analyzed?
4) How do shifts and ruptures in socioeconomic status affect health access, utilization, and outcomes?
5) Do distal and proximal variations shape health care access, utilization, and outcomes?
6) Have biobehavioral variables been sufficiently analyzed as a pathway that leads to differential outcomes?
7) Equally important, to what degree are simulation and/or other models are best used to demonstrate indirect as well as direct effects of social determinants on health outcomes? This list is, of course, extremely abridged.
This Special Issue of Healthcare invites conceptual, qualitative, and quantitative research that advances the existing knowledge-base of the under-discussed or undiscussed areas regarding socioeconomic determinants’ impacts upon access to care, healthcare utilization, and healthcare outcomes. We also welcome methodological research that demonstrates alternative statistical modelling approaches that are predictive of individual and/or community-based disparities based on differential socioeconomic determinants. The queries presented are, of course, solely illustrative. We look forward to the inclusion of your research in this Special Issue on this very important topic.
Prof. Dr. Jay J. Shen
Dr. Soumya Upadhyay
Dr. Betty Burston
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- access to care
- healthcare utilization
- healthcare outcomes