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Prejudice, clinical uncertainty and stereotyping as sources of health disparities.

Balsa, Ana I and McGuire, Thomas G (2003) Prejudice, clinical uncertainty and stereotyping as sources of health disparities. Journal of health economics, 22 (1). pp. 89-116. ISSN 0167-6296

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Abstract

Disparities in health can result from the clinical encounter between a doctor and a patient. This paper studies three possible mechanisms: prejudice of doctors in the form of being less willing to interact with members of minority groups, clinical uncertainty associated with doctors' differential interpretation of symptoms from minority patients or from doctor's distinct priors across races, and stereotypes doctors hold about health-related behavior of minority patients. Within a unified conceptual framework, we show how all three can lead to disparities in health and health services use. We also show that the effect of social policy depends critically on the underlying cause of disparities.


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Uncontrolled Keywords: Prejudice; Stereotype; Health disparities
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Policy
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 13:25
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2011 13:25
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2898

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