Researchers conducted a series of telephone surveys to learn how acute-care hospitals across the United States collect data on race, ethnicity and language and whether and how they use that data to improve quality of patient care. Under Grant ID# 050183, researchers at the National Public Health and Hospital Institute surveyed 500 hospitals, and conducted 64 additional in-depth surveys of public hospitals and health systems with diverse patient populations.
Under Grant ID# 059159, researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services updated the survey, and then interviewed executives at 547 acute-care hospitals. They also conducted in-depth case study interviews with hospitals that reported using race, ethnicity and language data to improve care.
In reports to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the project director said that: