Evidence shows racial and ethnic disparities exist across a range of illnesses and health care services.
Studies addressing these issues report that racial and ethnic disparities persist even when demographic factors, such as socioeconomic status, level of insurance, and comorbidity conditions are controlled.
The 2002 Institute of Medicine report, "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care," states that while there is substantial data with respect to racial and ethnic disparities pertaining to many health services, there is insufficient data with respect to racial and ethnic disparities in access to, utilization of, or outcomes from physical therapist services.
May 31, 2020 / Statement
There is nothing healthy about racism. It's a disease of the heart and mind that has infected not just people but customs, systems, and laws.
Jul 1, 2019 / Feature
Health is affected by far more than the presence or absence of health care. PTs and PTAs can help improve the health of populations by using a wide array of strategies.
May 1, 2018 / Feature
There's a growing role for PTs and PTAs in addressing preventable illness.
Additional Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Content
Nov 8, 2022 / Review
A review of electronic health records also found white patients received services for musculoskeletal pain faster than Black patients.
Oct 8, 2022 / News
APTA Magazine connects with experienced providers to explore keys to providing culturally competent physical therapy.
Aug 1, 2022 / Roundup
District offices, town halls, maybe a visit to your clinic? Here are some topics worth mentioning.
Jun 21, 2022 / Review
Researchers say the CMS telehealth waivers worked and should be made permanent.
Apr 27, 2022 / News
The agency laid out a general strategy for how it hopes to move the needle on disparities in access and outcomes.
Apr 12, 2022 / Roundup
Get the big picture, then dive deeper into key concepts that inform person-centered care.
Mar 18, 2022 / News
The APTA-backed federal legislation would provide scholarships and stipends to increase diversity in physical therapy education programs.
Oct 20, 2021 / Roundup
We're at the table providing the profession's perspective on the importance of physical activity. See how.
Jun 22, 2021 / Review
Authors say a better understanding of the factors associated with lower physical therapy use can help focus health care policy advocacy.
May 11, 2021 / Roundup
We're seizing opportunities to amplify our public policy messages — here's a sampling of some of the issue letters we've signed on to.