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J Healthc Qual. 2007 Sep-Oct;29(5):11-5.

Assumed equity: early observations from the first hospital disparities collaborative.

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  • 1George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Washington, DC, USA.


Disparities in healthcare represent a failure in the equity domain of quality. Although disparities have been well documented, little has been written about how hospitals might use improved data collection and quality improvement techniques to eliminate disparities. This article describes early findings from the planning phase of the first hospital-based disparities collaborative. The authors also discuss the changes in policy and practice that may speed hospitals in placing disparities and equity on their quality agendas.

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