Same ER. Same Patient. Different Visit. Different Race and Ethnicity?

March 12, 2024


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The fight for health equity in the United States relies heavily on vast amounts of anonymous medical record data to understand where, when, and how Americans are getting care. It’s critical that this data is recorded accurately, but a new study by U-M researchers shows this isn’t always the case. In all, 1.7% of adults and 7% of children who sought emergency care at least twice at the same Michigan hospital or health system had a different race or ethnicity marked in their patient records on other visits. Read more about the importance of standardized data collection practices in the fight for health equity in this article from the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

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