Black Patients are More Likely Than White Patients to be in Hospitals with Worse Patient Safety Conditions
Brief Mar-01-2021 | | 1-min read
Black and White patients receive different standards of care in the United States. Identifying and reducing racial disparities in the quality of health care is a necessary step toward reversing the effects of systemic racism on racial health equity in the United States.
This brief assesses the state of racial disparities in the quality of inpatient care using complete hospital discharge records and 11 patient safety quality indicators that measure rates of adverse patient safety events. The analysis finds that Black patients experienced significantly worse quality of care in six of the 11 patient safety indicators compared to White patients, including five out of seven surgery-related safety indicators. Additionally:
Lack of access to high-quality hospital care due to continued racial inequities drives worse health outcomes for Black individuals in the United States. Authors urge policymakers to actively support policies that help address racial inequities.
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