BET: Doctors' Attitudes About Race Can Affect Your Health
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A study finds that two-thirds of doctors harbored "unconscious" racial biases toward patients.
Historically, African-Americans have had a rocky relationship with the medical community. Think the Tuskegee experiments, forced sterilizations of Black women and Henrietta Lacks' cervical cells. And while those atrocities may not be happening in 2012, that doesn't mean that racial bias is completely null and void when it comes to the health of Black people.
Over the years there have been an abundance of studies that have exposed how physicians' own racism plays out in the examination room. A recent study adds more fuel to the fire.
According to a press statement, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine analyzed audio recordings of interactions between 40 doctors and 269 patients of lower-income at Baltimore community health centers.
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