This report uses case studies to analyze the performance and appropriateness of various potential measures of health disparities. It complements a previous monograph, Methods for Measuring Cancer Disparities: Using Data Relevant to Healthy People 2010 Cancer-Related Objectives, which evaluated measures of disparity on theoretical grounds. The current monograph presents results from 22 separate analyses in 10 case studies and includes assessments of socioeconomic, race, ethnic, and geographic disparities in a range of cancer-related outcomes, such as mortality, incidence, risk factors, and screening. Overall, the report demonstrates that the choice of particular methods for measuring health disparities makes a substantive difference in the results and interpretation of data.
The monograph was published in 2007 and written under contract from the Surveillance Research Program and the Applied Research Program of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences of the National Cancer Institute, NIH.
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Monograph Chapters (PDF Files)
- Contents and Executive Summary (PDF, 204 KB)
- Introduction and Methods (PDF, 261 KB)
- Results (PDF, 2.2 MB)
- Results Summary (PDF, 199 KB)
- Conclusions (PDF, 51 KB)
- Appendix: Random Variation (PDF, 226 KB)
- References (PDF, 35 KB)
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Harper S, Lynch J. Selected Comparisons of Measures of Health Disparities: A Review Using Databases Relevant to Healthy People 2010 Cancer-Related Objectives. NCI Cancer Surveillance Monograph Series, Number 7. National Cancer Institute. NIH Pub. No. 07-6281, Bethesda, MD, 2007.
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