Improving Quality and Achieving Equity: A Guide for Hospital Leaders


Improving Quality and Achieving Equity: A Guide for Hospital Leaders


This guide for hospital leaders presents the evidence for racial and ethnic disparities in health care and provides the rationale for addressing them with a focus on quality, cost, risk management, and accreditation. The guide also highlights case studies and model practices, and recommends activities and resources that can help hospitals identify and address disparities in order to achieve equity for patients.

The guide is divided into the following sections:

  • Executive summary
  • Chapter 1: Racial/ethnic disparities in health care
  • Chapter 2: Why should you care?
  • Chapter 3: A root cause analysis: Why do racial and ethnic disparities in care exist?
  • Chapter 4: What is being done out there?
  • Chapter 5: What can you do?
  • Chapter 6: Resources
  • References
  • Appendices


Institute for Health Policy; The Disparities Solutions Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Funding Sources:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Release Date: 2009
Original Summary: September 2011
Last Updated: 09/14/11

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