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Thursday, April 17, 2014
African American Health
As an African American and health care provider how do we change the stereo types so that we get quality healthcare? Especially since we African American health care providers can be subject to stereo typing ourselves?
Thank you very much for the question. As with any issues dealing with race, the solutions are often complex. Certainly, bias is a part of everyday life, and no amount of medical training is going to change that. The important point is that health care providers recognize their biases and try to overcome them. One way to do this is to try to provide evidence-based health care to all of our patients. Disparities in health care are about simply that certain groups do not receive the quality of health as outlined by the medical research. Attempting to provide guideline-directed care to all of our patients should help to resolve some of the striking disparities we see in health care. In addition, we as health care providers must advocate for our patients to insure that all Americans have access to health care services. Only when all people truly have access to health care services can we resolve the striking disparities in health outcomes. Please see the position paper below from the American College of Physicians.
Stephen E Wilson, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati