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Black Patients are Negatively Affected by Clinicians’ Attitudes About Race

According to a study of 40 primary care clinicians and 269 patients from urban community-based practices, unconscious bias can have a negative impact on patient care. Researchers found that bias and stereotyping were associated with markers of poor communication during patient visits and resulted in low ratings of care by patients in a post-visit survey. The findings were particularly evident among black patients, who appeared most affected by these attitudes and behaviors.

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