Health professionals who care for children will find a thoughtful and hands-on resource to address racism and race-related issues in their practices in this essay collection. Leading experts from across disciplines frame the issues and provide practical information on prevention, intervention, and anticipatory guidance. Each chapter is grounded in the recommendations outlined in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement “The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.” The AAP is committed to reducing the ongoing costs and burden of racism to children, the health care system, and society—this book is an important contribution to that effort and ongoing conversation. Available for purchase at https://www.aap.org/Untangling-the-Thread-of-Racism-A-Primer-for-Pediatric-Health-Professionals-Paperback
30: The Role of Quality and Safety in Furthering Health Equity
Julia M. Kim, MD, MPH, Meghan Drayton Jackson, DO, MBOE, Rahul Shah, MD, MBA, "The Role of Quality and Safety in Furthering Health Equity", Untangling the Thread of Racism: A Primer for Pediatric Health Professionals, American Academy of Pediatrics, Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAP, Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP, Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP
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Equity is 1 of 6 goals for improvement in health care quality, in addition to safety, effectiveness, timeliness, patient centeredness, and efficiency, as outlined in 2001 by the Institute of Medicine, now known as the National Academy of Medicine. Quality and safety are crucial in dismantling racism and furthering health equity. In this chapter, we review the evidence and describe action steps that pediatric health professionals and teams can take to achieve health equity in the context of quality and safety.
Keywords: quality improvement, patient safety, equity