Dr. Sarah Bolander, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to address today's American healthcare systems increasing racial disparities and unequal quality of care for minorities. The goal of the work in this research is to establish recommendations to reduce or eliminate health care disparities amongst minorities within the United States (US).
Method: The terms health care, race, and minority unequal care were used in a PubMed literature search. The articles retrieved consist of work completed within the last five years to ensure current relative information eliminating any outdated work from this research. The clinical review was based on ten relevant articles that were saved and supported as sources.
Results: The use of secondary data does have some flaws in addressing a specific research question. Accordingly, to address these flaws, various case studies using qualitative data are carefully examined and gathered to measure the existence of disparities in health care for minority groups compared to non-minorities. How to improve the quality of care to minorities in the US health care system continues.
Conclusion: Putting a greater emphasis on efforts to expand the number of minority practitioners can aid in the reduction of ethnic and racial imbalances in healthcare. Training programs should be dedicated to high-quality, board-certified health care practitioners who are willing to serve these communities, and suitable incentives should be provided to keep these competent clinicians in these roles.
Joshua S. Racial and Ethnic Disparities: Confronting the Barriers within Healthcare. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2022; 4(4).
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