Evidence of what? Re-creating race through evidence-based approaches to global health

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This chapter interrogates an important vogue in the field of African development. Evidence-based approaches to health care, which are being used increasingly, fail to take into account social and cultural factors affecting individuals’ health. Bed nets and vaccines are helpful in reducing malaria-related mortality rates in African countries, but nature and culture are indivisible in health and wellness. Malaria and sickle cell anemia are most commonly analyzed using evidence-based approaches, like many medical issues, although there are numerous social factors to be taken into account in their spread among African populations as well as methods of prevention and treatment. Comparative effectiveness research is thus an upgrade from evidence-based research that can be applied to examine the relationship between health and race and behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReconsidering Race
Subtitle of host publicationSocial Science Perspectives on Racial Categories in the Age of Genomics
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780190465285
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • African development
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Evidence-based approaches
  • Global health
  • Health care
  • Mortality rates
  • Social and cultural factors


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