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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Patient Safety Events, 2005: Statistical Brief #53.


Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Briefs [Internet]. Rockville (MD): Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (US); 2006-.
2008 Jun.


This Statistical Brief presents data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) on racial and ethnic disparities in rates of hospital patient safety events that are potentially preventable. It is based on a special analysis file created to develop national estimates for the National Healthcare Disparities Report. Selected Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) are used to develop rates for postoperative complications, medical and other surgical complications, as well as obstetrical complications, among four racial and ethnic groups—whites (non-Hispanic), blacks (non-Hispanic), Hispanics, and Asian-Pacific Islanders (non-Hispanic). The results are presented as the patient safety event rate of the racial/ethnic minority group relative to the rate for whites. All differences between estimates noted in the text are statistically significant at the 0.05 level or better. In addition, we generally focus on those differences that are at least 10 percent different.

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