Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients: Principles, Practice, and Populations (2nd ed)

Date of Review: May, 2019

This comprehensive textbook is a wonderfully-written and referenced introduction to nearly every topic relevant to social determinants of health. It starts with chapters on systems, ethics, and law related to care of vulnerable populations in general. It moves to a section on health care delivery methods, and then finishes with a group of chapters about specific populations. The authors write in a sensitive and also practical manner, acknowledging where evidence is plentiful and where it is not sufficient to dictate practice. Each chapter includes short case studies; the wealth of cases demonstrate the diversity within vulnerable populations and the many strengths and resources they can call upon in managing their health. Chapters end with key points and practical competencies/skills, such as screening tools and management suggestions. There are also discussion questions. The book would be strengthened as a teaching resource if sample answers to these were included as well. Each chapter is easily readable; selected chapters could be assigned as pre-work for sessions related to social medicine in any health professions program. – Heather Heiman, MD, NCEAS

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University of California, San Francisco

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Ann Arbor, MI

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