Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement

Organization: 
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Author: 
Ulmer, Cheryl
Author: 
McFadden, Bernadette
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Bruno, Michelle
Author: 
Schickedanz, Adam
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Cacace, Cassandra
Author: 
Herdman, Roger
Published Date: 
2009

In response to the importance of the collection of data on race, ethnicity, and English-language proficiency, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) formed the Subcommittee on Standardized Collection of Race/Ethnicity Data for Healthcare Quality Improvement.  A lack of standardization of race, ethnicity, and language categories has been raised as one obstacle to achieving more widespread collection and utilization of these data so the Subcommittee's purpose is to examine approaches to standardization. In its 2009 report, Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement, the subcommittee recommends collection of more granular ethnicity and language need according to national standards in addition to OMB race and Hispanic ethnicity categories. The presence of data on race, ethnicity, and lan­guage does not, in and of itself, guarantee subsequent actions in terms of analysis of quality-of-care data to identify health care needs or actions to reduce or eliminate disparities that are found. The absence of data, however, essentially guarantees that none of those actions will occur.

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