The Road to Eliminating Disparities in Health Care

Published in: Medical Care, v. 40, no. 9, Sep. 2002, p. 729-731

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2002

by Lisa S. Meredith, Nell Griffith-Forge

Read More

Access further information on this document at journals.lww.com

This article was published outside of RAND. The full text of the article can be found at the link above.

Recently, the authors have witnessed a renewed interest in research aimed at describing disparities in health care. However, while they are learning much about where differences lie, the authors are barely out of the driveway and on the road to explaining why disparities exist, nor do they know how to eliminate them. In addition to the handful of studies that have looked at managed care as a mechanism for increasing access to preventive care services, health services researchers are beginning to examine the influence of managed care on disparities in health care quality. Repeatedly, these studies conclude that minorities (especially black patients and patients of Asian/Pacific Islander descent) receive less access to and poorer quality care.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation External publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/principles.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.