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Does Race Influence the Provision of Care to Persons with Sickle Cell Disease?: Perceptions of Multidisciplinary Providers

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Joseph Telfair, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study examined whether multi-disciplinary health care providers (HCPs) perceived race of persons with sickle cell disease (SCD) as an influence in the delivery of health care. A total of 227 multidisciplinary HCPs completed the three-item Influence of Patient Race on Provision of Health Care Services Index (Cronbach's alpha = = 0.77). Results suggest that African American HCPs were more likely to perceive race as an influence along all scale items, whereas Caucasian and other race HCPs did not. Female HCPs and those who serve adults were more likely than male HCPs and those who serve children to perceive race as having an influence on the quality of health care. Findings suggest a need for the examination of the health care delivery systems in which persons with SCD receive care to determine if race does, in fact, affect the delivery of health care and to explain the discrepancies in the perceptions of the HCPs.

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Publication
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Language: English
Date: 1998
Keywords
Race, cultural competency, discrimination, sickle cell disease, health care delivery