Thursday, March 15, 2012

Is Your Doctor a Racist? How Would You or He/She Know?

Here's some very interesting research.   Bottom line is that even if your doctor is unaware of his/her racism towards you, it can well affect the doctor-patient relationship to the point that it makes a difference in your health care.  Take a look to find out the telltale signs.   E.g. is the doctor dominating the discussion when you see him/her? caring little about your social and emotional needs? or making all the decisions on his/her own?

If you suspect this is happening (after you read this article) -- consider the need to change things, if not doctors.  Also, if you are a younger person who has older parents who have doctors who may be treating your parents like this -- consider the need to address matters.     Here's the excellent article on the research brought to us by Newswise and John Hopkins Medicine.

“Unconscious” Racial Bias Among Doctors Linked to Poor Communication with Patients, Dissatisfaction with Care


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