Nursing facilities with a primarily Hispanic resident population generally provide lower quality care than facilities primarily servicing whites, say Brown University researchers who focused on pressure ulcer care.

Investigators examined Minimum Data Set and federal OSCAR data to reach their conclusions. Their findings come two years after another team led by one of the researchers, Vincent Mor, found that blacks were more likely than whites to reside in underperforming nursing homes.

Lead researcher Michael Alpert and colleagues said more research was needed to study the implications of their findings. Study subjects were 65 and older and lived at nursing homes in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Details of the study appeared recently in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.