WATERLOO REGION — No longer will people deciding on long-term care have to rely on personal anecdotes or how a home looks or during a quick visit.
Now they can use an online tool that measures the quality of care in long-term care homes across Canada and allows comparisons.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo lead the development of criteria used for the tool, launched this week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
"It empowers the public by giving them information that they can use to make decisions or ask questions about quality of care," said Prof. John Hirdes of UW's school of public health and health systems.
"Now you can judge for yourself."
The searchable database includes more than 1,000 facilities in nine provinces.
Unequal health care continues to be a serious problem for black Americans.
More than a decade after the Institute of Medicine issued a landmark report showing that minority patients were less likely to receive the same quality health care as white patients, racial and ethnic disparities continue to plague the U.S. health care system. That report, which was published in 2002, indicated that even when both groups had similar insurance or the same ability to pay for care, black patients received inferior treatment to white patients.
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