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Study: "Unconscious" Racial Bias Among Doctors Linked To Poor Communication With Patients, Dissatisfaction With Care

New evidence that physician attitudes and stereotypes about race, even if unconscious, affect the doctor-patient relationship in ways that may contribute to racial disparities in health care

March 16, 2012 -- Primary care physicians who hold unconscious racial biases tend to dominate conversations with African-American patients during routine visits, paying less attention to patients' social and emotional needs and making these patients feel less involved in decision making related t

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