Guide Informs Health Workers on How To Use Patient Demographic Data To Develop Equity Reports for Reducing Racial, Ethnic Inequities in Care
"Creating Equity Reports: A Guide for Hospitals," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The guide provides hospital executives, physicians and other medical staff with information on how to properly collect race, ethnicity, language and socioeconomic status data from patients for use in creating equity reports, which can assist organizations in recognizing and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. The guide, which includes case studies of hospitals that have already implemented equity reports, is designed to help hospitals identify inequalities and track changes over time. Robin Weinick, a senior scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute for Health Policy and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School; Steffanie Bristol, a research assistant at the institute; and Katherine Flaherty, a health care consultant and former director of Health Access and Community Partnership for Partners HealthCare System, authored the guide (Weinick et al., RWJF release, 5/7).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.