How racism in the doctor’s office hurts patients

Source: Liz Banks-Anderson,, May 9, 2014

Researchers reviewed dozens of studies published between 1995 and 2012 of racism among US healthcare providers and found that minority patients may face racist attitudes and beliefs that can affect their treatment. The review assessed attitudes towards race held by physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists and social workers, as well as support staff such as nursing aides involved in direct patient care. Most of the 37 studies included in the review were conducted in the United States. The review findings are published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine….
Interventions to improve cultural competency in healthcare: a systematic review of reviews

From the abstract:
Cultural competency is a recognized and popular approach to improving the provision of health care to racial/ethnic minority groups in the community with the aim of reducing racial/ethnic health disparities. The aim of this systematic review of reviews is to gather and synthesize existing reviews of studies in the field to form a comprehensive understanding of the current evidence base that can guide future interventions and research in the area….
Source: Mandy Truong, Yin Paradies, Naomi Priest, Journal of General Internal Medicine, March 2014