Collecting sociodemographic data can allow primary care organizations to better understand the populations they serve and how health care access and utilization differ across equity-deserving groups. This indicator is a measure of progress on the collection of equity data. Low participation rates may indicate challenges that clients experience in responding to the questions or challenges that primary care organizations experience in collecting the data. Strategies listed below may help to improve participation.
This indicator references survey methods developed by the Alliance for Healthier Communities and the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario, but this should not preclude organizations from using other sociodemographic surveys of their choice. This indicator can apply to all primary care settings.