Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 9, issue 3, P236-247 1998 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2010.0321 View full text
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Shireen S. Rajaram, Valerie Vinson

Abstract: Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death among African American women. One in four black women (23.4 percent) older than age 55 has diabetes. In evaluating the experience of black women with diabetes, an understanding of their social context is essential. Resulting from historical and sociocultural factors, black women have relatively lower income and education levels and consequently, poorer health and restricted access to quality health care. In a sense, being black, female, elderly, and chronically il…

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