• Journal Article

Less Use of Extreme Response Options by Asians to Standardized Care Scenarios May Explain Some Racial/Ethnic Differences in CAHPS Scores

Citation

Mayer, L. A., Elliott, M. N., Haas, A., Hays, R. D., & Weinick, R. (2016). Less Use of Extreme Response Options by Asians to Standardized Care Scenarios May Explain Some Racial/Ethnic Differences in CAHPS Scores. Medical Care, 54(1), 38-44. DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000453

Abstract

Background:Asian Americans (hereafter Asians) generally report worse experiences with care than non-Latino whites (hereafter whites), which may reflect differential use of response scales. Past studies indicate that Asians exhibit lower Extreme Response Tendency (ERT)they less frequently use responses at extreme ends of the scale than whites.Objective:To explore whether lower ERT is observed for Asians than whites in response to standardized vignettes depicting patient experiences of care and whether ERT might in part explain Asians reporting worse care than whites.Procedure:A representative US sample (n=575 Asian; n=505 white) was presented with 5 written vignettes describing doctor-patient encounters with differing levels of physician responsiveness. Respondents evaluated the encounters using modified CAHPS communication questions.Results:Case-mix-adjusted repeated-measures multivariate models show that Asians provided more positive responses than whites to several vignettes with less-responsive physicians but less positive responses than whites for the vignette with the most physician responsiveness (P