The National Quality Forum has endorsed the collection of 12 quality measures to better understand health care disparities and the degree of culturally competent care given across racial and ethnic minority populations.

The goal is to take a first step in putting meaningful metrics in place to measure disparities, according to NQF. The forum commissioned a paper on measurement concepts from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, which was completed in September 2011 and served as the foundation for selecting the measures now endorsed.

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