Perceived racial/ethnic bias in healthcare in Durham County, North Carolina: a comparison of community and national samples. North Carolina medical journal Friedman, J. Y., Anstrom, K. J., Weinfurt, K. P., McIntosh, M., Bosworth, H. B., Oddone, E. Z., Bright, C. M., Schulman, K. A. 2005; 66 (4): 267-75


We sought to compare findings of a national survey of perceptions of racial/ethnic discrimination in healthcare to those of a community survey, with emphasis on the perceptions of Latinos.Responses from a national survey were compared to a telephone survey of residents of Durham County, North Carolina.Black respondents in the Durham sample were more likely than those in the national sample to feel that a healthcare provider had treated them with disrespect because of health insurance status (28% vs 14%; P < 0.001). Approximately one third of Durham Latinos and 14% of Latinos in the national sample felt they had been treated with disrespect because of their English-language ability (P < 0.01). Compared to a national sample of white participants, white respondents in Durham were more likely to believe that black persons are worse off in terms of receiving routine medical care (40% vs 27%; P < 0.01) and having health insurance (58% vs 43%; P < 0.01). As compared to their national counterparts, there was a similar trend for how white respondents in Durham perceived how Latinos fared (P < 0.001 for all comparisons).Overall the perception of bias in healthcare was greater among Durham residents, especially among newly immigrated Latinos, than among their national counterparts.

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