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White patients’ physical responses to healthcare treatments are influenced by provider race and gender.

Howe Lauren C, Hardebeck Emerson J, Eberhardt Jennifer L, et al. White patients’ physical responses to healthcare treatments are influenced by provider race and gender. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2022;119(27):e2007717119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2007717119

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July 20, 2022
Howe LC, Hardebeck EJ, Eberhardt JL, et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2022;119(27):e2007717119.

Providers’ gender, racial, and ethnic bias can adversely affect patient safety and lead to poor outcomes. This study investigated white patients’ physiological responses to treatment provided by either a woman or Black physician. Despite patients’ positive overt attitudes to Black or woman physicians, they were less physiologically responsive to placebo treatment provided by women or Black physicians, suggesting additional implications for health inequities.

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Howe Lauren C, Hardebeck Emerson J, Eberhardt Jennifer L, et al. White patients’ physical responses to healthcare treatments are influenced by provider race and gender. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2022;119(27):e2007717119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2007717119

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