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New online resource streamlines access to data on minority issues and populations

University Of Michigan : 14 April, 2007  (New Product)
A new online Minority Data Resource Center at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research provides easy analysis of a wide range of topics related to racial and ethnic minority populations in the U.S.
A new online Minority Data Resource Center at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research provides easy analysis of a wide range of topics related to racial and ethnic minority populations in the U.S.

Topics range from comparative data on crime, education, health and political opinions to how emergency waiting room times, rates of capital punishment, and substance use vary by race and ethnic origin.

According to historian Myron P. Gutmann, director of the ISR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the new resource center is designed to be a resource for teachers as well as researchers.

'Our holdings and the way we provide access to them usually favor sophisticated users,' said sociologist Felicia LeClere, who developed the new archive in collaboration with a team of ICPSR staff. 'This is a more user-friendly gateway that includes new tools to help with online analysis. We also feature findings and data sets on a rotating basis to encourage users to go into the site.'

One of the recent featured findings used a simple bar chart to show emergency room waiting time for different ethnic groups.

The graph illustrates racial and ethnic differences in the mean waiting times to see attending physicians in U.S. emergency rooms in 2004. Blacks wait on average 254 minutes or 4-1/4 hours to see a physician once they register at the admitting desk. This is longer than any other racial group listed by between 1/2 and 2-1/2 hours. The data for this graph come from the 2004 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.
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