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Aug 2012

Disparities in Health Care: Lack of Equity Arising From Overuse (and Vice Versa)

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Emergency and Urgent Care Services, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(8):770-772. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.1039

Equity, 1 of the 6 dimensions of health care quality identified by the Institute of Medicine, is defined as providing care that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as sex, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Along with equity, the additional dimensions of safety, effectiveness, patient centeredness, efficiency, and timeliness constitute a set of aims for health care improvement set forth in the 2001 Institute of Medicine report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century.1

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