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Table 3-6: Examples of Instructions, Phrasing, and Terminology to Capt

Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Qu

Table 3-6. Examples of Instructions, Phrasing, and Terminology to Capture Race and Ethnicity Data

Source of QuestionsHispanic Ethnicity QuestionRace QuestionGranular Ethnicity Question
OMB's preferred formatSeparate questions shall be used wherever feasible. Ethnicity shall be collected first

Response options: Hispanic or Latino, Not Hispanic or Latino

Respondents shall be offered the option of selecting one or more racial designations. Recommended forms for the instruction are "Mark one or more" and "Select one or more"

Response options: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI), White

 
Census 2000 long form (paper form)

Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?

Response options: Not of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin; Mexican, Mexican Am., Chicano; Puerto Rican; Cuban; Another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin

What is Person 1's race? Mark one or more boxes

Response options: Five OMB race options plus six additional Asian origins, three additional NHOPI origins, and an option for "Some other race"

What is this person's ancestry or ethnic origin?

Response option: write-in response

HRET Toolkit (in-person interview)

Do you consider yourself Hispanic/Latino?

Response options: Yes; No; Declined; Unavailable/Unknown

Which category best describes your race?

Response options: American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; NHOPI; White; Multiracial; Declined; Unavailable/Unknown

"I would like you to describe your race or ethnic background. You can use specific terms such as Korean, Mexican, Haitian, Somali."

Response option: free-text response

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) (in-person interview)

Do you consider yourself to be Hispanic or Latino?

Response options: Yes; No; Refused; Don't know

Please give me the number of the group that represents your Hispanic origin or ancestry. You may choose up to five, if applicable

Response options: Puerto Rico; Cuban/Cuban American; Dominican (Republic); Mexican; Mexican American; Central or South American; Other Latin American; Other Hispanic/Latino/Spanish; Refused; Don't know

What race or races do you consider yourself to be? Please select one or more of these categories

Response options: White; Black/African American; Indian (American); Alaska Native; Guamanian; Samoan; Other Pacific Islander; Asian Indian; Chinese; Filipino; Japanese; Korean; Vietnamese; Other Asian; Some other race; Refused; Don't know

(If more than one race entered, which of these groups would you say best represents your race?)

 
National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (paper form)

Ethnicity

Response options: Hispanic or Latino; Not Hispanic or Latino

Race, mark one or more

Response options: White; Black/African American; Asian; NHOPI; American Indian or Alaska Native

 
Application for a Social Security Card (paper form) 

Race/ethnic description (check one only)

Response options: Asian, Asian-American or Pacific Islander; Hispanic; Black (Not Hispanic); North American Indian or Alaskan Native; White (Not Hispanic)

 
U.S. Standard Certificate of Death (paper form)

Decedent of Hispanic origin?

Response options: No, not Spanish/Hispanic/Latino; Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano; Puerto Rican; Cuban; Other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino (specify)

Decedent's race (check one or more boxes to indicate what the decedent considered himself or herself to be)

Response options: Five OMB race options plus six additional Asian origins, three additional NHOPI origins, and other (specify)

 

OMB = Office of Management and Budget

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Page last reviewed March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 3-6: Examples of Instructions, Phrasing, and Terminology to Capt: Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Qu. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldata3tab3-6.html