Semin Med Pract
The influence of patient race and socioeconomic status and resident physician gender and specialty on preventive screening
Baig AA, Heisler M
Health care disparities are well documented but remain poorly understood. One contributing factor appears to be physician perceptions about patient behaviors based on racial or social stereotypes. Physician gender and specialty also may contribute to disparities in the health care received by patients. Given the health burden attributed to behaviors such as smoking, poor diet, and physical inactivity, it is critical that patients receive appropriate and consistent screening and counseling for preventable health risks. This report presents results of a survey undertaken to assess whether residentsí preventive screening practices are influenced by patient race or socioeconomic status or by resident gender, specialty, minority status, or years of training.
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