Research to better understand the cultural perspective of minority patients

The Foundation's strategy for addressing disparities is based on the assumption that racial and ethnic health care disparities are interrelated with the quality problems of American health care and that care should be centered on the patient. To reduce disparities in care delivery, the Foundation is looking to support interventions tailored for vulnerable patients and circumstances in which care is demonstrably worse. High quality, "patient centered" care requires an in-depth understanding of patients' views about the cultural, family, socioeconomic and other important dimensions of their health care. Providers often rely on what they believe their patients need rather than what patients might actually want or expect. This grant supports focused patient interviews to help map patients' expectations of care. The project focuses on the experiences of patients from two extremely vulnerable ethnic subgroups, one Asian and the other Hispanic. Both of these groups are affected by racial and ethnic health care disparities. The work in this project builds upon the first two phases of a larger project which the Foundation did not fund. These first two phases included both a general policy analysis and in-depth interviews with health care professionals regarding immigrant patients' expectations about their own health care. This grant supports the last phase of this project which will include open-ended, in-depth interviews with patients who are Mexican and Vietnamese immigrants. The project complements the Foundation's interest in understanding the dimensions of high quality patient centered care. The project will also help the field better understand some of the ways that patient demand could drive improved quality and reduced health care disparities. Project deliverables include the patient narratives, reports, presentations, research papers as well as the development of a patient experience typology.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $75,000.00

Awarded on: 12/14/2005

Time frame: 1/1/2006 - 5/31/2008

Grant Number: 55258


University of California, Davis, College of Letters and Science

1207 Social Science and Humanities Building
One Shields Avenue
Davis, 95616-8572


Ming-Cheng Miriam Lo
Project Director