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Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care


This fact sheet addresses how the differences in the health care that people receive contribute to disparities in health, and what strategies can overcome these differences in care.

The fact sheet includes the following sections:

  • Identifying disparities in care
    • Access to primary care
    • Diagnosis and treatment
      • Heart disease
      • Asthma
      • Breast cancer
      • HIV infection
      • Nursing home care
  • Factors other than income or insurance coverage that contribute to disparities
    • Physician decisionmaking
    • Hospital characteristics
    • Cultural and communication barriers
  • Translating research into practice
    • Supporting evidence-based decisionmaking
    • Helping patients pursue high-quality care by providing Spanish language materials 
    • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality initiatives to promote quality improvement
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  • Release Date: 02/2000
  • Original Summary: 09/2003
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Last updated: December 18, 2013.