Hispanics Face Poorer Nursing Home Care

A study of bed sore rates in nursing homes with a high concentration of Hispanic residents found that Hispanics were more likely to have bed sores (or pressure ulcers) than nursing homes with less Hispanic patients. The researchers looked at two data sources, the Minimum Data Set, federally mandated health evaluations required for every patient, and the Oscar database, a collection of health information of nursing home residents.

“A systemic evaluation of the difference in the process of care between high- and low-quality nursing homes is warranted in order to reduce nursing home disparities,” said Michael Gerardo, adjunct assistant professor at Brown University.

Only nursing home residents living in free-standing nursing facilities in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas were included in the study.

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