Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
For Minority Physicians
New video focuses on culture, language and health literacy
A new video discussing how culture, language and health literacy are important to effective health communication has been released by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a sister agency to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The video also describes HRSA's free online course, "Effective Communication Tools for Health Care Professionals."
You can find additional links to health literacy and cultural competence resources on the AHRQ website.
Findings on disparities in health care quality in racial, ethnic groups
Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has reported on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality and reducing health care disparities.
The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) focuses on "national trends in the quality of health care provided to the American people," while the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) focuses on "prevailing disparities in health care delivery as it relates to racial factors and socioeconomic factors in priority populations."
The 2011 findings note that disparities in care are common:
- Adults age 65 and over received worse care than adults ages 18-44 for 39 percent of quality measures.
- Blacks received worse care than whites for 41 percent of quality measures.
- Hispanics received worse care than non-Hispanic whites for 39 percent of measures.
- Asians and American Indians and Alaska Natives received worse care than whites for nearly 30 percent of quality measures.
- Poor people received worse care than high-income people for 47 percent of measures.