Assessing the Significance of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care


Studies have identified statistically significant differences in the quality of health care received by minority and white patients. However, it is not always clear whether these disparities have clinical significance or, if they do, which should be prioritized for efforts to eliminate them. For this project, David Nerenz will create analytical models to relate disparities in quality to three important outcome measures: quality-adjusted life years, workplace productivity, and mortality. Findings from this work will help policymakers, health care purchasers, and clinical leaders to make informed decisions about the relative importance of different types of health care disparities. The Michigan Medicaid program will provide cofunding for the project.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Henry Ford Health System
Principal Investigator:
David R. Nerenz, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 11, 2002

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