The Southeast Michigan Consumer Survey on Health Care Experiences highlights the unequal health care experiences of area residents who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes or asthma.
Conducted by the Pennsylvania State University Survey Research Center, and commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a few key findings of the survey include:
- More than 60 percent of people surveyed say that doctors in Southeast Michigan were not the same in terms of the quality of care they administer.
- 1 in 4 say their health care professional did not teach them how to monitor their condition so they could tell how they are doing.
- 3 in 4 patients said it would be important to consider a report showing which local doctors follow recommended standards to treat their chronic condition.
The Greater Detroit Area Health Council is using the survey results to improve the quality of care in the region by releasing reports that show how different physician organizations and hospitals in the region care for patients based on nationally-recommended standards.