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Survey finds support for disparity data

  |   Feb. 10, 2004 at 4:59 PM
PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- More than half of U.S. residents say they favor laws for collecting racial and ethnic data to address healthcare disparities.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Tuesday released a survey of 1,200 American adults with healthcare coverage that found 54 percent support federal legislation promoting collection of such data.

Fifty-eight percent of Latinos and 57 percent of Asian-Americans said they favor such legislation, but only 40 percent of blacks said they would support it.

"The absence of racial and ethnic data is a key barrier to reducing disparities in the quality of healthcare minority patients receive," said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and chief executive officer of the foundation.

"While the survey results are promising, they also make it clear that we need to educate Americans about the need for this information and to build trust by demonstrating that the data will be used appropriately."

The national survey, conducted in September by Public Opinion Strategies, has a error margin of 2.8 percent.

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