Survey: Black patients modify speech to reduce bias

Many Black Californians say they adjust their appearance or behavior to reduce their likelihood of experiencing discrimination and bias in hospitals and other clinical settings. According to a survey of 3,325 people conducted in October 2022 and funded by the California Health Care Foundation, 32% pay special attention to how they dress and 35% modify their speech or behavior to put doctors at ease. In addition, 41% try to convey to providers that they are educated, knowledgeable and prepared. More than 25% say they avoid medical care because they believe providers will treat them unfairly. The study sought to draw attention to the effort Black patients’ exert to receive quality care from their health providers. (Medscape article, 3/10/23)