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Looking Forward: Cross-cutting Issues in the Collection and Use of Racial/Ethnic Data

Authors

  • Nicole Lurie,

    1. RAND Corporation, Arlington, VA 22202-5050
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    • Address correspondence to Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., Senior Natural Scientist and Paul O'Neill Alcoa, Professor, RAND Corporation, Arlington, VA 22202-5050. Allen Fremont, M.D., Ph.D., Natural Scientist and Sociologist, is with RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA.

  • Allen Fremont

    1. RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
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Abstract

Availability of reliable and valid race/ethnicity data is essential for monitoring and improving quality of care for minority groups. We explore the limitations and challenges posed by existing means of data collection and discuss issues that need to be considered as the data are analyzed and used.

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