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*This paper is an abridged version of a full-text position paper (available at www.acponline.org/hpp/healthcare_disp.pdf) written by Shannon R. Lightner, MSW, MPA, and adapted for publication in Annals of Internal Medicine by Rachel Groman, MPH, and Jack Ginsburg, MPE. The original position paper was developed for and approved by the consensus of the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians: Charles K. Francis, MD (Chair); Frederick E. Turton, MD (Vice Chair); Louis H. Diamond, MD; Joe E. Files, MD; Gregory A. Hood, MD; Lynne M. Kirk, MD; Joel S. Levine, MD; Mark E. Mayer, MD; Thomas McGinn, MD; Carla Nester, MD; and Laurence D. Wellikson, MD. Approved by the Board of Regents on 31 March 2003.
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Disparities clearly exist in the health care of racial and ethnic minorities. This position paper of the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides ample evidence illustrating that minorities do not always receive the same quality of health care, do not have the same access to health care, are less represented in the health professions, and have poorer overall health status than nonminorities. The ACP finds this to be a major problem in our nation's health system that must be addressed. The ACP is dedicated to working toward eliminating all disparities in health care. This position paper sets forth specific positions for reducing these disparities and will be the foundation for public policy advocacy by ACP for eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care.
American College of Physicians*. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2004;141:226–232. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-141-3-200408030-00015
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