Meeting the health needs of women from black and minority ethnic communities

Douglas, Jenny (1998). Meeting the health needs of women from black and minority ethnic communities. In: Doyal, Lesley ed. Women and Health Services: An Agenda for Change. Buckingham: Open University Press.

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In recent years women's issues have begun to move higher up the health services agenda. However, there have been few attempts to set out the rationale for this, or to document the good practice initiatives that have resulted. This unique book undertakes both these tasks. The first part examines the theoretical, conceptual and empirical underpinning of current arguments for greater gender awareness in health planning; while the second explores a variety of schemes designed to put these new ideas into practice. The aim of these case studies is to show what can be done, but also to identify the many challenges and pitfalls involved.

As the first book of its kind, Women and Health Services will be useful to teachers and students on a wide range of both professional and academic courses. It will also be an important resource for policy makers and practitioners, offering a rationale for change as well as concrete examples of what has been achieved within the current structure of health services.

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