Facts and Reports on Racial Disparities
When she went into Kings County Hospital for a Week 40 checkup, she wasn’t in labor and did not expect to deliver a baby that day. During what she thought was a routine pelvic examination, the doctor kept going deeper. It was uncomfortable and confusing; when she hit what she figured was 10 on the 1-to-10 pain scale, she cried out, “What’s happening?”
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Dr. Ron Wyatt stopped into an award-winning hospital in the west Chicago suburbs last July after developing a concerning fever. He’d just returned from a week volunteering to spend time with orphaned children in Zambia, Africa, and his temperature had risen to nearly 104 degrees that day.
On the eve of the 15th anniversary of two seminal reports from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) –Crossing the Quality Chasm1 and Unequal Treatment2 – we find that racial and socioeconomic inequity persists in health care. In Crossing the Quality Chasm, the IOM stressed the importance of equity in care as one of the six pillars of quality health care, along with efficiency, effectiveness, safety, timeliness and patient-centeredness
Did you know? African-American women have higher infant, fetal and perinatal mortality rates than women of other ethnicities?
Since the 1990s, researchers have examined how unconscious mental processes may be contributing to the serious differences in health care outcomes between black and white patients. These disparities are real and quite serious. Black people fare worse in healthcare outcomes in virtually every category, including chronic diseases, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.
Growing up in rural Alabama at a time of segregated waiting rooms and physicians who refused to touch black patients, Ron Wyatt, MD, MHA, ACP Member, saw health care disparities firsthand. “And frankly, I had never met a black physician,” he said.