Description: Racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care are well-documented and persistent in the US and these disparities are similarly prevalent in VHA. Although data quality has improved, significant within facility disparities are observed in clinical outcomes. Accurate race and ethnicity data are essential to disparities research and research on clinical factors associated with race and ethnicity. This presentation provides an overview on locating race and ethnicity data and assesses the quality of race and ethnicity data in VA and in Medicare.
• Locating race and ethnicity in VA data
• Locating race and ethnicity in Medicare data
• Assessing the quality of VA race/ethnicity data
• Sample data and programs