Previous studies have revealed racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in quality of care and patient safety. However, these disparities have not been examined in a paediatric inpatient environment by using a measure of clinically confirmed adverse events (AEs). In this study, the Global Assessment of Pediatric Patient Safety (GAPPS) Trigger Tool was used.
The GAPPS analysis revealed racial and/or ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in rates of AEs experienced by hospitalised children across a broad range of geographic and hospital settings. Further investigation may reveal underlying mechanisms of these disparities and could help hospitals reduce harm. This study was published by US-based journal, Hospital Pediatrics.