Law & Governance

Law & Governance 10(10) April 2006 : 55-64
Research Paper

The Public Endorses Collection of Ethnicity Information in Hospital: Implications for Routine Data Capture in Canadian Health Systems

Hude Quan, Alison Wong, Delaine Johnson and William A. Ghali


[This article was originally published in Healthcare Policy / Politiques de Santé, Volume 1, Number 3.]

A telephone survey was conducted in Calgary, Alberta to assess public opinion on collection of ethnicity information in hospitals. Of the 2,799 respondents, 84.8% felt comfortable about recording their ethnicity in hospital charts. This rate held across respondents' age, marital status and ethnic origin. These findings suggest that Canadian health systems should explore the feasibility and ethical suitability of collecting ethnicity data, as this information could contribute to the evaluation and subsequent reduction of ethnic disparities in health and health services access.

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