Health Populi March 24, 2021
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

In 2021, racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare are a top patient safety issue, according to ECRI’s annual list of major concerns facing healthcare consumers’ risks to adverse events that can harm them.

ECRI has published their annual Top 10 list since 2018, when the list featured diagnostic errors, o behavioral health needs in acute care settings, and patient engagement and health literacy — all of which play into this year’s #1 issue, racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

In fact, among the risks in this year’s Top Ten list, eight were accelerated and highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic (the two un-related to the coronavirus crisis were methotrexate therapy and peripheral vascular harm).

“By learning lessons from the pandemic,”...

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