Eliminating Health Disparities: Measurement and Data Needs

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Disparities in health and health care across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds in the United States are well documented. The reasons for these disparities are, however, not well understood. Current data available on race, ethnicity, SEP, and accumulation and language use are severely limited. The report examines data collection and reporting systems relating to the collection of data on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic position and offers recommendations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309092319
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 14
2 The importance of data on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and acculturation in understanding disparities in health and health care 21
3 Measuring race, ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and acculturation 41
4 DHHS collection of data on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and acculturation and language use 62
5 State-based collection of data on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and acculturation and language use 83
6 Private-sector collection of data on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and acculturation and language use 99
A Descriptions of national health and health care surveys 129
B Workshop on improving racial and ethnic data in health 179
C Recommendations on the use of socioeconomic position indicators to better understand racial inequalities in health 184
D The role of racial and ethnic data collection in eliminating disparities in health care 202
E State collection of racial and ethnic data 232
F Collection of data on race and ethnicity by private-sector organizations : hospitals, health plans, and medical groups 249
G Racial and ethnic data collection by health plans 272
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