"Vulnerable populations include patients who are racial or ethnic minorities, children, elderly, socioeconomically disadvantaged, underinsured or those with certain medical conditions. Vulnerable populations are at risk for disparate healthcare access and outcomes because of economic, cultural, ethnic or health characteristics." Thus, "members of vulnerable populations often have health conditions that are exacerbated by unnecessarily inadequate healthcare".
Source: Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2013 Apr;26(2):186-92. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0b013e32835e8c17
This was a page our team really struggled with making. While we made efforts to include a diversity of perspectives on our other pages, we also wanted to recognize that the experience of certain populations is different when it comes to health and healthcare. Like with our other pages, we recognize that this page is not an exhaustive or complete list of perspectives, nor do the groupings represent mutually exclusive categories, but we have included it to show how these particular groups experiences differ from the mainstream. We welcome any feedback with regards to this page on the Contact Us page.