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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Geriatric Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Shantae Jenkins

Abstract

Method: A PubMed literature was conducted with search terms racial disparity, ethnicity, ethnicity and diabetes, comorbidities, chronic kidney disease in black. A few articles were retrieved and served as the basis for this clinical review.

Results: Several studies suggest African Americans are prone to receiving poor quality health care than their white counterparts.

Conclusion: Racial disparity puts minorities at high risk for diabetes type 2, chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, heart disease, and stroke. The disparity in healthcare results in African Americans dying at an earlier age than their white counterparts. Acknowledging the presence of racial disparity, understanding contributing factors, and re-training providers to be more sensitive to this matter will help reduce the burden of racial disparity in the American Healthcare System.

Keywords: racial disparity, ethnicity, ethnicity and diabetes, comorbidities, chronic kidney disease in black Americans.

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