Study Suggests Black Men Prefer Black Doctors

    A Stanford study of black men receiving free preventative health care advice at a clinic in Oakland noted that the men were more likely to do testing to guide future therapy if they received advice from black male physicians. The reason included the fact that the black physician’s actually seemed to care more about the care the men received than white or Asian doctors. Compliance rates with suggestions offered by black physicians was in the 60% range compared to 40% compliance with white or Asian physicians.

    Blacks make up 13% of the population. Blacks represent about 4% of all physicians. 

    NYT article

    Link to the study

    ​A previous small study done by the same investigators using black and white actors as patients found that black doctors appeared to show more empathy for black patients than shown by white physicians.


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