Massachusetts Medical Society: Health Disparities and Equity

Health Disparities and Equity

Health DisparitiesHealthcare disparities are defined by the Institute of Medicine as “racial or ethnic differences in the quality of healthcare that are not due to access-related factors or clinical needs, preferences, and appropriateness of intervention.”  

Health Disparities Research and ReportsResearch and Reports
Resources on health disparities and activities targeted to identifying and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities

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Health Disparities Disease and InformationDisease-Specific Research and Information
Resources related to identifying, reducing, or eliminating health disparities in specific conditions or diseases.

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Health Disparities Resources for PhysiciansResources for Physicians
Practice strategies and tools for helping eliminate disparities in the doctor’s office. 

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Health Disparities Increasing DiversityIncreasing Diversity in the Physician Workforce
Information on the role of a diverse physician workforce in addressing health disparities

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Health Disparities Resources for PatientsResources for Patients 
Tools to help minority patients and patient advocates reduce health disparities

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Health Disparities Additional ResourcesGovernment Agencies and Organizations
Resources from government agencies and public health organizations pertaining to health disparities and minority health.

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Eliminating Health Care Disparities in Your Practice

Health care disparities have significant economic consequences for the health care system, and in turn, for the business of medicine.

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Can Health IT Reduce Health Care Disparities?

A 2013 study by the Office of the National Coordinator suggests health information technology has a role in addressing systems that will improve care for populations facing health disparities. 

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