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National Research Council (US) Panel on Race, Ethnicity, and Health in Later Life; Anderson NB, Bulatao RA, Cohen B, editors. Critical Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2004.

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Preface

The Panel on Race, Ethnicity, and Health in Later Life was established in 2001 under the auspices of the Committee on Population of the National Research Council. The panel's task was to inform the National Institute on Aging about recent research findings on racial and ethnic differences in health in late life and to help in developing a future research agenda for reducing them. This project was a follow-up to a 1994 Committee on Population workshop, which resulted in a volume of papers published by the National Academy Press, Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Health of Older Americans.

The panel was asked to organize a 2-day workshop, bringing together leading researchers from a variety of disciplines and professional orientations to summarize current research and to identify research priorities. That workshop was held in March 2002 in Washington, D.C. The panel also was asked to produce a summary of the state of knowledge incorporating this information and to provide recommendations for further work. The initial plan called for the papers and the panel report to be published in a single volume, but it was decided to publish the papers and the panel report separately. The papers are presented in this volume. The panel's final report is available in a companion volume, Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life: A Research Agenda.

The papers in this volume have been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published volume as sound as possible and to ensure that the volume meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of one or more papers in this volume: Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health; Norman B. Anderson, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC; Eileen M. Crimmins, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California; Angus S. Deaton, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; Troy Duster, Department of Sociology, University of California at Berkeley; Irma T. Elo, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania; David V. Espino, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Maria Evandrou, Age Concern Institute of Gerontology, King's College London, England; W. Reynolds Farley, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan; Vicki A. Freedman, Polisher Research Institute, Abramson Center for Jewish Life, North Wales, PA; W. Parker Frisbie, Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin; Lucy Gilson, Centre for Health Policy, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Jules Harrell, Psychology Department, Howard University; James S. House, Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan; James S. Jackson, Research Centre for Group Dynamics, University of Michigan; John Jemmott, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; Christopher Jencks, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Elizabeth A. Klonoff, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, California; Neal M. Krause, Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan; Diana J. L. Kuh, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, England; Nancy S. Landale, Department of Sociology, Pennsylvania State University; Gerald E. McClearn, Department of Biobehavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University; Alberto Palloni, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lynda Powell, Department of Preventive Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Thomas C. Ricketts, III, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Teresa E. Seeman, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; James P. Smith, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA; Keith E. Whitfield, Department of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University; and David R. Williams, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of any of the papers nor did they see the final version of any paper before this publication. The review of this volume was overseen by Charles B. Keely, Georgetown University. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of the papers was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this volume rests entirely with the authors.

Copyright © 2004, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK25539

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