This review of the literature assessed the ways in which community health centers impacted the healthcare of underserved populations based on their availability, the level of quality care they provide and non-discrimination toward patients. This literature review analyzed and reviewed the content of 34 studies from the last 17 years. Results of this literature review showed that the availability of community health centers was integral to providing high quality, non-discriminatory care to underserved populations. Community health centers provided access to care at the onset of medical problems for populations who usually have barriers to healthcare. Additionally, studies showed that community health centers upheld standards of maintaining a high quality of care for their patients and demonstrated providing equal or better care than similar primary care settings. Research also showed that ethnicity, income and gender did not create any barriers towards access to healthcare for patients in the community health center setting. Community health center significance to social work and multicultural social work practice, future research and social policy was also discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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