J. Paul Nielsen


Provider mentality regarding minorities, both overt and subconscious, likely affects the quality of healthcare delivered. Survey research suggests that most (between 50-75%) Caucasian people believe minorities are less intelligent, more prone to violence, and less likely to be employed. More physicians identify themselves as Caucasian than all other races combined. One in five Spanish-speaking Latinos reports not seeking healthcare due to language barriers. Even when they have overcome barriers to getting healthcare, minority populations are still less likely than Caucasians to receive certain common medical procedures.



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