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Patient–Physician Relationships and Racial Disparities in the Quality of Health Care

Saha, Somnath and Arbelaez, Jose J and Cooper, Lisa A (2003) Patient–Physician Relationships and Racial Disparities in the Quality of Health Care. American Journal of Public Health, 93 (10). pp. 1713-1719. ISSN 0090-0036

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Objectives. This study explored whether racial differences in patient–physician relationships contribute to disparities in the quality of health care. Methods. We analyzed data from The Commonwealth Fund’s 2001 Health Care Quality Survey to determine whether racial differences in patients’ satisfaction with health care and use of basic health services were explained by differences in quality of patient–physician interactions, physicians’ cultural sensitivity, or patient–physician racial concordance. Results. Both satisfaction with and use of health services were lower for Hispanics and Asians than for Blacks and Whites. Racial differences in the quality of patient–physician interactions helped explain the observed disparities in satisfaction, but not in the use of health services. Conclusions. Barriers in the patient–physician relationship contribute to racial disparities in the experience of health care.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: patient-physician relationship, disparities, health care, racial differences, patient satisfaction, cultural sensitivity, racial concordance, cultural competency, Black, African American, White, Caucasian, Hispanic, Latino, racial disparities
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Practice > service
Research > studies
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 15 May 2006
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2011 10:57
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/359

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