Quality & Patient Safety

Experts urge hospitals to identify disparities in healthcare

Patient Safety Monitor, August 1, 2008

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A new report released by The Joint Commission calls on hospitals to improve patient care by eliminating racial and ethnic disparities. In April, The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) released One Size Does Not Fit All: Meeting the Needs of a Diverse Population, a report that found that “racial and ethnic disparities are linked to poorer health outcomes and lower quality care.” This report is one of a few recent efforts that aim to cut down on racial and cultural disparities in patient care by informing healthcare providers of the importance of cultural and geographical awareness and its connection to patient safety.

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