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Preparing the national healthcare disparities report: gaps in data for assessing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care.
Med Care. 2005 Mar; 43(3 Suppl):I9-16.MC

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Efforts to quantify, monitor, understand, and reduce disparities in health care are critically dependent on the collection of high-quality data that support such analyses. In producing the first National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), a number of gaps in data were encountered that limited the ability to assess racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this study were to identify and quantify gaps in data related to disparities in health care and discuss efforts to fill these gaps in future NHDRs.

FINDINGS

: Data on specific racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups were often not collected or collected in formats that differed from federal standards. When collected, data were often insufficient to generate reliable estimates for specific racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. These effects were magnified when attempting to assess disparities within many of the agency's priority populations such as women, children, the elderly, low-income populations, and rural residents. Future NHDRs begin to fill some of these gaps in data, but some gaps will likely persist and new gaps will likely arise as the availability of data for specific populations vary from year to year.

CONCLUSIONS

Gaps in data limit the ability to address racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care. Although many federal efforts are underway to improve data collection, some groups and populations pose unique challenges for data collection that will be difficult to overcome.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD 20850, USA. emoy@ahrq.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15746596

Citation

Moy, Ernest, et al. "Preparing the National Healthcare Disparities Report: Gaps in Data for Assessing Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care." Medical Care, vol. 43, no. 3 Suppl, 2005, pp. I9-16.
Moy E, Arispe IE, Holmes JS, et al. Preparing the national healthcare disparities report: gaps in data for assessing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care. Med Care. 2005;43(3 Suppl):I9-16.
Moy, E., Arispe, I. E., Holmes, J. S., & Andrews, R. M. (2005). Preparing the national healthcare disparities report: gaps in data for assessing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care. Medical Care, 43(3 Suppl), I9-16.
Moy E, et al. Preparing the National Healthcare Disparities Report: Gaps in Data for Assessing Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care. Med Care. 2005;43(3 Suppl):I9-16. PubMed PMID: 15746596.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Preparing the national healthcare disparities report: gaps in data for assessing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care. AU - Moy,Ernest, AU - Arispe,Irma E, AU - Holmes,Julia S, AU - Andrews,Roxanne M, PY - 2005/3/5/pubmed PY - 2005/3/18/medline PY - 2005/3/5/entrez SP - I9 EP - 16 JF - Medical care JO - Med Care VL - 43 IS - 3 Suppl N2 - BACKGROUND: Efforts to quantify, monitor, understand, and reduce disparities in health care are critically dependent on the collection of high-quality data that support such analyses. In producing the first National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), a number of gaps in data were encountered that limited the ability to assess racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to identify and quantify gaps in data related to disparities in health care and discuss efforts to fill these gaps in future NHDRs. FINDINGS: : Data on specific racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups were often not collected or collected in formats that differed from federal standards. When collected, data were often insufficient to generate reliable estimates for specific racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. These effects were magnified when attempting to assess disparities within many of the agency's priority populations such as women, children, the elderly, low-income populations, and rural residents. Future NHDRs begin to fill some of these gaps in data, but some gaps will likely persist and new gaps will likely arise as the availability of data for specific populations vary from year to year. CONCLUSIONS: Gaps in data limit the ability to address racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care. Although many federal efforts are underway to improve data collection, some groups and populations pose unique challenges for data collection that will be difficult to overcome. SN - 0025-7079 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15746596/Preparing_the_national_healthcare_disparities_report:_gaps_in_data_for_assessing_racial_ethnic_and_socioeconomic_disparities_in_health_care_ L2 - https://journals.lww.com/15746596.pmid DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -