Data collection is a powerful tool in helping programs gain a better understanding of whether they are reaching patient populations equitably. When the UCSF outpatient palliative care team began reviewing its data with a more intentional equity lens, it discovered that Black and Latino patients were less likely to make initial and follow-up appointments compared to white patients. To address this, the team will be hosting sessions with Black and Latino patients to better understand the ‘why’ behind the disparities within their community. The team will then use both the programmatic and qualitative data to create quality improvement projects for the overall program.

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Project Team

Sarah Nouri, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Medicine

Kara Bischoff, MD
Medical Director
UCSF Palliative Care Program

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