The Role of Social Determinants of Health in Epilepsy
This book presents the first extensive exploration of how social determinants of health impact the lived experience of those with epilepsy and contribute to disparities and inequities in outcomes for individuals with epilepsy and other chronic conditions.
Social determinants of health are fundamental drivers of health and disease, yet few publications have extensively examined the role of social determinants in treatment disparities. A deeper understanding of the role played by these factors—including social, economic, historical, and systemic inequalities—is a critical step towards closing these gaps in understanding. This book offers not only a deeper dive into the social determinants of health and their relation to epilepsy, but also explores what is known on this topic internationally and how it compares to the American experience. In addition, readers will find a description of ground-breaking research examining the role of social determinants and treatment delays for an under-examined population—low-income communities on the Medicaid program in a diverse American state. The book will appeal to a wide variety of audiences and offers the reader an opportunity to better understand the concept of social determinants of health and how they impact those living with chronic conditions like epilepsy. Specific considerations are placed on describing the impact of low socio-economic status and discrimination, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Joseph Sirven is Professor of Neurology and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and currently practices at Mayo Clinic in Florida. He is also a Professor of Practice in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, where he teaches the Science of Health Care Delivery to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Swapna Reddy, JD, DrPH, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions. Dr Reddy was recently named a Fulbright Specialist, and her primary areas of teaching, scholarship and research are health policy, health equity and unconscious bias in health care.
Matthew Speer, MS, is a Faculty Research Associate in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. His research interests primarily revolve around the intersection of population health and public health law and policy.
Gregory Sprout, MS, is a medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. His research interests revolve around exploring clinical and community-based methods capable of delivering higher quality and more equitable health care to populations at all levels.
Nikita Vora is a current undergraduate student at Emory University, USA, and an active Emergency Medical Technician at Emory EMS. She has also volunteered in the Radiation Oncology Department at Mayo Clinic, providing art therapy for pediatric oncology patients.
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