Measuring quality of inpatient care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

This project will create and test new methods to measure the quality and safety of hospital inpatient care provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is well known that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have poorer health status and higher hospital utilisation rates than other Australians and there is evidence of poorer access to some diagnostic and treatment procedures. What is not known is whether the safety and quality of care that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive in hospital is better or worse than non-indigenous people. This project will

a) Describe the adverse events that occur to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in hospitals;

b) Compare the incidence of adverse events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other admitted patients; and

c) Identify factors contributing to higher rates of adverse events including whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people admitted from rural and remote communities to metropolitan hospitals have higher rates of adverse events than metropolitan residents.

The project will contribute to new approaches to monitoring the performance of the Australian hospital system in terms of how it looks after Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and assist hospitals to anticipate factors complicating their care. Project leaders

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Created: 01 February 2013 - Updated: 04 June 2013