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Journal Article

Health system leaders' role in addressing racism: time to prioritize eliminating health care disparities.

Austin JM, Weeks K, Pronovost PJ. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020;Epub Dec 20.

Prior research has identified racial and ethnic disparities in United States health care and in the incidence of patient safety events. This commentary outlines the key steps health system leaders could take to identify and eliminate health care disparities, including recognizing and addressing the systems failures contributing to disparities, a commitment from health system leadership to address disparities, transparency in reporting disparities, and increasing diversity among health care workers and leadership.