Survey: Medical Students Believe African-Americans Feel Less Pain
The University of Virginia survey found there's an implicit racial bias in how students and medical professionals treat pain.
False Beliefs About Blacks’ Biology May Lead Doctors To Underprescribe For Pain
Despite what that uncle of yours may opine every time you get stuck next to him at Thanksgiving, there is a fair amount of evidence that racism still exists in the United States. For example, we know about racial disparities in policing, unemployment, housing wealth, temp hiring, home loans, pay, the Oscars , and of course, health care. (Brooks, 4/5)
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Does A White Doctor Understand A Black Patient's Pain?
A new study reveals that in a group of 222 white medical students, half judged as possibly, probably or definitely true at least one of 11 false beliefs about racial differences. And that is not without potential consequences for the patients these medical students may one day treat, the new research suggests. (Healy, 4/4)
Is There A Racial ‘Care Gap’ In Medical Treatment?
A new study finds African-American patients are often treated differently when it comes to medicine and care. The survey of more than 500 people, 400 of them medical students, found implicit bias exists that may help explain why black people are sometimes undertreated for pain. Among its findings: Medical students believed that African-Americans felt less pain than white patients, and even thought their skin was thicker. (Ifill, 4/5)