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U.S. Hospitals Get Low Marks on Curbing Infections
Date:4/13/2010

ess persistent gaps in quality and access," ARHQ Director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, said in an agency news release.

Among the other findings from the reports:

  • One-third of obese adults have never received exercise advice from a doctor.
  • Obese adults who are black, Hispanic, poor or have less than a high school education are less likely to receive diet advice from a doctor.
  • One-third of obese adults and most overweight children have not been told by their doctor that they have a weight problem.
  • Most American children have never received exercise counseling from a doctor and nearly half have never received counseling about healthy eating.

The reports also found that improvements in health care quality and reduction of disparities are slowed by lack of health insurance. For many health services, having no insurance is the single strongest predictor of poor quality care -- stronger than race, ethnicity, income or education.

People with no insurance are much less likely than those with private insurance to receive recommended care, especially preventive services and management for diabetes. In the past decade, insurance coverage differences between blacks and whites have narrowed but there are still large disparities related to ethnicity, income and education, the reports said.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about protecting patients from healthcare-associated infections.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, news release, April 13, 2010


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