Medical Care Research and Review: Supplement

This supplement of Medical Care Research & Review highlights two key issues: expanding the use of health information technology (IT) and reducing disparities in health care delivery.

Supplement

This supplement of Medical Care Research and Review, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), highlights two key issues of great importance in improving the quality of the Nation's health care system: expanding the use of health information technology (IT) and reducing disparities in health care delivery.

The six articles in the supplement focus on various populations seeking health care in underresourced settings in the U.S., including African American, Hispanic, and Asian American patients as well as low-income children. The health IT strategies address a variety of health issues, including diabetes outcomes, prenatal care, and preventive services. The authors share the findings of an invitational expert meeting that AHRQ sponsored on using health IT and other innovations to reduce disparities in health care quality, as well as results of studies that examined health IT approaches to quality improvement and better communication strategies among vulnerable populations in settings that lack adequate resources.

Accessibility Notice: Each abstract links to a PDF file containing the full text of the article. These files are not resident on a Government Web site and do not comply with the requirements for Federal information resources under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Copyright © 2010, Medical Care Research and Review, October 2010, 67(5 suppl): 155S-162S. Linked with permission.

These documents are available for download without charge until September 30, 2011.

Contents

Reducing Disparities in Health Care Quality: The Role of Health IT in Underresourced Settings 
Michael Chris Gibbons and Cecilia Rivera Casale

Review Paper: The Use of Quality Improvement and Health Information Technology Approaches to Improve Diabetes Outcomes in African American and Hispanic Patients
Arshiya A. Baig, Abigail E. Wilkes, Andrew M. Davis, Monica E. Peek, Elbert S. Huang, Douglas S. Bell, and Marshall H. Chin

Innovative Strategies to Reduce Disparities in the Quality of Prenatal Care in Underresourced Settings 
Michael C. Lu, Milton Kotelchuck, Vijaya K. Hogan, Kay Johnson, and Carolina Reyes

Improving Communication Between Patients and Providers Using Health Information Technology and Other Quality Improvement Strategies: Focus on Asian Americans
Quyen Ngo-Metzger, Gillian R. Hayes, Yunan Chen, Ralph Cygan, and Craig F. Garfield

Improving Communication Between Patients and Providers Using Health Information Technology and Other Quality Improvement Strategies: Focus on Low-Income Children
Quyen Ngo-Metzger, Gillian R. Hayes, Yunan Chen, Ralph Cygan, and Craig F. Garfield

Health Information Technology and Quality of Health Care: Strategies for Reducing Disparities in Underresourced Settings 
Mari Millery and Rita Kukafka

Page last reviewed October 2010
Internet Citation: Medical Care Research and Review: Supplement. October 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/mcrrsupplement.html