Measuring Equity of Care in Hospital Settings: From Concepts to Indicators – May 2009

Posted on June 9, 2009. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Measuring Equity of Care in Hospital Settings: From Concepts to Indicators May 2009

Report to the Hospital Collaborative on Marginalized Populations in the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network.  The Network is a voluntary community of practice. The Collaborative was established by Chief Executive Officers of Toronto area hospitals to share best practices and to work in partnership to reduce health inequities for vulnerable and marginalized populations.

“The province of Ontario has identified the need to address inequities in health care (Rachlis, 2007). In 2009, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC-LHIN) required hospitals to begin reporting on equity initiatives. Despite increasing interest, measuring equity in hospitals is a relatively new practice in Canada. Knowledge of indicators best suited for assessing equity in hospitals, including how best to measure and take action relative to these indicators,  is only just developing.

The Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael’s Hospital partnered with the Hospital Collaborative on Marginalized Populations in the TC-LHIN to complete a review of scholarly and grey literature concerning existing approaches for measuring equity of care in the hospital setting.”

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