Our nation is growing at a rapid rate, but that growth looks much different than the population we see today. Increasingly, healthcare providers are not only going to encounter patients who look different, but also patients who speak different languages, hold different cultural beliefs, and are potentially accustomed to healthcare from other parts of the world.
A CHANGING MARKETPLACE
As the nation makes a shift toward a minority-majority balance, the need to identify and eliminate disparities in care is becoming critical. Delivering equitable care in no longer just the ethically correct path for hospitals and health care systems to take, equity is vital to being able to effectively respond to patient needs, staff your organization appropriately, and improve overall community healthy.
WHAT IS EQUITABLE CARE?
Hospitals are encountering more patients with language and cultural barriers, and the wide variety of languages, dialects, and cultures can be overwhelming to hospitals and their staff if they are not properly equipped.
EQUITABLE CARE DELIVERY CHECKLIST
Providing equitable care is more than just understanding that disparities of care exist. Responsible healthcare organizations understand where the opportunities for disparities of care exist within their organization and take steps to reduce them.
THE ROAD TO EQUITABLE CARE
Providing equitable care is no easy task. It takes commitment and preparation to make it a reality. Here’s how to get started on the road to equitable care.