Is there evidence of racial disparity/inequity in medical diagnosis?

Pankaj Kumar drpankajk07 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 13 14:40:50 UTC 2017


Hi All,

Just attended excellent grand rounds by Dr. Catherine Lucey from UCSF.
Topic was teaching clinical reasoning to medical students and residents. I
do know of ACP book teaching clinical reasoning. Any other resources
available to venture into this field?

Thanks
Pankaj

Pankaj Kumar MD, FACP, CPPS
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine

On October 13, 2017 at 9:42:24 AM, Ruth Ryan (ruth at ryan-graham.com) wrote:

> Hello all,
>
>
>
> There appears to be a lot of evidence for racial/ethnic/gender disparities
> in medical treatment and outcomes.
>
> We all know diagnosis is the gateway to treatment and outcomes.
>
> So is there evidence for racial disparity/inequity in medical diagnosis?
>
> The Sunday NY Times reiterated the study about job resumes receiving
> significantly different response rates from employers based on whether they
> came from a black or a white sounding name.  The article reports on a new
> study of response to simple email queries to public offices (sheriff,
> library, school district) from back and white sounding names and show an
> 8-13% higher rate of no-response or less cordial response to inquiries from
> blacks, worse in more heavily white geographic areas.  This was presumed to
> be due to unconscious bias.
>
> I’m looking for material (studies, articles, writers, speakers) on
> racial/ethnic/gender disparities related to diagnosis. Or treatment/outcome
> disparities linked back to diagnosis.  Know of any?
>
>
>
> Ruth
>
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