Collecting Patient Race/Ethnicity and Primary Language Data in Ambulatory Care Settings: A Case Study in Methodology HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH Palaniappan, L. P., Wong, E. C., Shin, J. J., Moreno, M. R., Otero-Sabogal, R. 2009; 44 (5): 1750-1761


To collect patient race/ethnicity and language (r/e/l) in an ambulatory care setting.The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), December 2006-May 2008.Three pilot studies: (1) Comparing mail versus telephone versus clinic visit questionnaire distribution; (2) comparing the front desk method (FDM) versus exam room method (ERM) in the clinic visit; and (3) determining resource allocation necessary for data entry.Studies were planned and executed by PAMF's Quality and Planning division.Collecting r/e/l data during clinic visits elicited the highest response rate. The FDM yielded higher response rate than the ERM. One full-time equivalent is initially necessary for data entry.Conducting sequential studies can help guide r/e/l collection in a short time frame.

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