Guidance for the National Healthcare Disparities Report

Medicine Institute Of & Elaine K Smith
Disparities in health care are among this nation’s most serious health care problems. Research has extensively documented the pervasiveness of racial and ethnic disparities. Minorities receive poorer quality care in such important areas as cardiovascul disease, cancer, asthma, and diabetes (IOM, 2002b). Research has also extensively documented geographic disparities, with levels of health care quality varying by region and state (Dartmouth Atlas Care Working Group, 1999; Jencks et al., 2000). Socioeconomic disparities are also quite...
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