Research linking cultural origin and health outcomes both between countries and within countries is well documented. But despite this, many health researchers and service providers do not have access to data on cultural origin, often because of constraints due to privacy, practicality or lack of completeness.
Specialised research into the effectiveness of patient names as a surrogate for cultural origin now makes it possible to understand cultural skews in the incidence of health episodes and servicing. This advance makes it possible to develop culturally-appropriate and better targeted communication programs.
This paper briefly describes three UK cases where such an approach has enabled more effective health care management and service delivery. It concludes with reference to two health-related applications in Australia that are currently under development.Back to blog