We Ask Because We Care

22 Feb 2012

We Ask Because We Care

The five major health systems in Cincinnati are asking patients to identify their race, ethnicity, and preferred language (R/E/L). The Institute of Medicine’s 2002 report Unequal Treatment detailed consistent evidence of disparities of care provided in the United States. By collecting patient R/E/L data, hospitals can pinpoint possible differences in care and areas for improvement.

“We as a nation are aware there are health disparities. Cincinnati as a community wants to address it,” said Emily Seitz Pawlak, Mercy Health divisional director of patient access

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