*NEW Measuring Health Equity in TC LHIN Community Health Centres Pilot Project Report This report provides an overview of the Measuring Health Equity in TC LHIN CHCs Pilot Project, which consisted of a process evaluation of demographic data collection in Community Health Centres (CHCs) using a standardized set of eight Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC LHIN) questions.
These educational resources provide a thorough understanding of the principles of health equity and demographic data collection.
We Ask Because We Care: The Tri-Hospital + TPH Health Equity Data Collection Research Project Report In 2010 three of Toronto’s most diverse hospitals, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Mount Sinai Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital, identified an acute need for quality patient socio-demographic data and launched a pilot project to develop an evidence-based approach for collecting this patient information. Toronto Public Health later joined the project.
We Ask Because We Care: The Tri-Hospital + TPH Health Equity Data Collection Research Project Summary Report A summary report of the work of the Tri Hospital + Toronto Public Health pilot project.
A Guide to Evaluation in Health Research One such comprehensive tool was written by health evaluation researcher and practitioner Sarah Bowen for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It can be easily applied to hospitals’ demographic data collection project.
A Guide to the Personal Health Information Protection Act Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario also published a helpful guide that uses common scenarios and FAQs to assist individuals working in healthcare organizations understand patient rights and their obligations under the existing legislation.. The information in this document is directly applicable to the collection, use, and disclosure of personal demographic information.
Achieving Health Equity and Providing Quality Care Dr. Joseph Betancourt, a leading expert on demographic data collection and health equity, presented at Mount Sinai Hospital in October 2012 on the use of health equity dashboards to identify inequities, develop programs, and evaluate initiatives.
Creating Equity Reports: A Guide for Hospitals This paper outlines the activities around health equity planning, including information on the importance of demographic data collection.
Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century We suggest you read the IOM’s ground-breaking report “Crossing the Quality Chasm”, which pioneered the inclusion of equity as a core component of quality.
Improving Health Equity Through Data Collection and Use: A Guide for Hospital Leaders The paper below is a valuable resource that targets hospital leaders and outlines the rationale for collecting demographic data, as well as proven strategies that have worked for other hospitals.
Improving Health Equity – Lessons Learned from the Saskatoon Experience This resource provides detailed picture of health inequity in Saskatoon, where income and aboriginal identity are two demographic variables that have been shown to strongly impact health outcomes.
Language Barriers within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority: Evidence and Implications The following paper shows that collecting patient language preference leads to improvement in treatment, prescription, patient management of pain and diseases, admission rates to urgent care, and a number of outcomes that impact costs and patient safety.
Language Identification Card: This Language Services Toronto resource can be used to help patients and clients identify the language they speak. The document outlines how to use the resource.
Obtaining Data on Patient Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language in Healthcare Organizations – Current Challenges and Proposed Solutions There are a number of resources you can review around challenges confronting hospitals that engage in demographic data collection and the solutions/lessons learned.
Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health This report by Ramirez, Baker, and Metzler (2008) for the American Centres of Disease Control and Prevention specifically addresses ways to evaluate equity-related programs and provides valuable insight into how we should think about patient demographic data as we develop our plans.
Seattle Children’s Centre for Diversity and Health Equity: Our Journey on the Path to Health Care (E)quality Seattle Children’s Hospital is committed to becoming a leader in advocacy and education on the reduction and elimination of paediatric health inequities. To get there, they have adapted an organizational transformation model that focuses on institutionalizing equality. For more information on their research-driven approach, take a look at their online presentation.
Social Determinants of Health- The Canadian Facts Refer to this resource for more information on the impact of social and economic conditions on health equity in Canada.
TC LHIN strategic plan (2012-2014) Hospitals should strengthen the case for demographic data collection by pointing to health equity within governing mandates and legislation. For example, Toronto Central LHIN has identified ”equitable access for all to safe, appropriate, evidence-informed health care service” as one of the four guiding principles in its 2012-2014 Strategic Plan.
Who are We Serving? A presentation by Dianne Patychuk of Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services and Toronto Health Equity Council on the different health disparities and how hospitals can influence and reduce such disparities.