Developing and Testing a Uniform Framework for Collection of Hospital Data by Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language
July 9, 2002
August 1, 2002
September 30, 2004
Health Research and Educational Trust
One North Franklin Street
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Romana Hasnain-Wynia, Ph.D.
A recent report from the Institute of Medicine emphasized that standardized data collection is critically important for identifying and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care. The Fund's own work has demonstrated that current federal and state data collection efforts vary, and many health plans, health systems, and hospitals do not collect any data on patients' race, ethnicity, and primary language. This project will: 1) create and test a uniform framework for collecting such data in hospitals; and 2) implement the framework in five hospitals to collect clinical and administrative data by race, ethnicity, and primary language. At completion of the project, each hospital will be able to assess quality of care and identify disparities in clinical diagnoses, treatment, and outcomes. This information will in turn guide quality improvement activities internally and could spur similar efforts by other hospitals and health care systems.