Gathering good quality ethnicity data

Ethnicity data helps ensure equitable outcomes.
Ethnicity data helps ensure equitable outcomes.
Good quality ethnicity data helps to assess population health over time, monitor service performance and plan and target services. Ethnicity data received by screening programmes helps ensure the programmes can achieve equitable outcomes for all populations.

The National Screening Unit (NSU) relies on high-quality ethnicity information collected at the time a baby is registered on the National Health Index (NHI).

It is important to use the standard ethnicity question and not to assume a baby’s ethnicity.

The Ministry of Health’s Ethnicity Data Protocols for the Health and Disability Sector outline the standards for collecting, recording and outputting ethnicity data.

In 2013, the Ministry published the Primary Care Ethnicity Data Audit Toolkit, a useful tool for those in primary care, particularly cervical screening, to assess the quality of ethnicity data and the systems that support it.

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Page last updated: 30 June 2015