Many studies completed in the United States have proven that there is a national problem surrounding our country regarding racial disparities in health care. The issue of racial disparities directly impact patient care negatively, and statistics prove that people of color actually have a higher mortality rate. There are a variety of reasons that this issue is happening in our country, beginning with our education system, and even unconscious biases among healthcare professionals. Research has shown that many healthcare professionals believe, and are taught, the misbelief that People of Color feel less pain or that they may be drug addicts trying to get pain medications. Combating these disparities in health care mainly involves educating those wishing to join the medical field of the racial disparities that exist. Another way to combat racial disparities is to enable more people of color to join the medical field.
Elliott, Annie; Canderelli, Bridget; Mozingo, Miranda; and Powers, Elizabeth, "Evidence Based Research Project: Racial Disparities in Healthcare" (2021). Spring Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 121.