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

Pat Croskerry croskerry at EASTLINK.CA
Fri Oct 13 22:27:56 UTC 2017


Ruth: attached is an overview paper with some relevant references,

Pat

 

From: Ruth Ryan [mailto:ruth at RYAN-GRAHAM.COM] 
Sent: October 13, 2017 10:42 AM
To: IMPROVEDX at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG
Subject: [IMPROVEDX] Is there evidence of racial disparity/inequity in
medical diagnosis?

 

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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