After the killing of George Floyd, many groups have publicly adopted anti-racist viewpoints, acknowledging systemic racism in the United States. One of such group has been black health care leaders who say the medical system must begin confronting ingrained biases within the medical profession. The truth is that the biases health care professionals hold toward black people and also toward non-white Latinos often leads to less responsive care and suboptimal health outcomes. Medical research shows this.
In the coming weeks, in blog posts, I’ll lay out in detail what research studies reveal about how ingrained biases or–to be less diplomatic–racism affects the medical treatment that black and non-white Latino people receive.