Project Title

Analyzing the Relationship Between Racism and Patients Making Healthcare Decisions

Presenters

Olivia NilsonFollow

Academic department under which the project should be listed

WCHHS - Health Promotion and Physical Education

Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Afekwo Ukuku

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Introduction: Racism in healthcare is a significant public health problem that can lead to medical mistrust that affects the care given to the individual. To understand the impact of racism as a public health issue a systematic literature review will be conducted. The review will focus on how racism affects patients' decision-making for their healthcare, such as receiving a medical intervention. Health disparities are a growing problem in the United States, and part of this issue is how racism is defined and evaluated in studies.

Methods: A systemic literature review will be completed using 10-15 sources for this project. These will include peer-reviewed journals, scientific articles, previous studies, and published government and nonprofit sources. Key search terms will be "racism in healthcare,” "changes in patients' healthcare decisions," and "racism of healthcare patients." If the first few literature sources gathered have any similarities, they will be added to the list of key search terms. The search will exclude any studies from outside the United States, unless the information is used for context or background.

Results: The goal is to find what factors can link racism to patients' decision-making while also analyzing how racism is defined, measured, and analyzed in the studies.

Impact: The impact of this literature review will be to better the scientific understanding of racism in the context of healthcare. This will also be used in further research projects as an insight into what has already been done and published.

Key Terms: racism, decision making, healthcare, patient, medical intervention, medical distrust

Disciplines

Health Services Research | Public Health Education and Promotion

Project Type

Poster

How will this be presented?

Yes, in person

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Analyzing the Relationship Between Racism and Patients Making Healthcare Decisions

Introduction: Racism in healthcare is a significant public health problem that can lead to medical mistrust that affects the care given to the individual. To understand the impact of racism as a public health issue a systematic literature review will be conducted. The review will focus on how racism affects patients' decision-making for their healthcare, such as receiving a medical intervention. Health disparities are a growing problem in the United States, and part of this issue is how racism is defined and evaluated in studies.

Methods: A systemic literature review will be completed using 10-15 sources for this project. These will include peer-reviewed journals, scientific articles, previous studies, and published government and nonprofit sources. Key search terms will be "racism in healthcare,” "changes in patients' healthcare decisions," and "racism of healthcare patients." If the first few literature sources gathered have any similarities, they will be added to the list of key search terms. The search will exclude any studies from outside the United States, unless the information is used for context or background.

Results: The goal is to find what factors can link racism to patients' decision-making while also analyzing how racism is defined, measured, and analyzed in the studies.

Impact: The impact of this literature review will be to better the scientific understanding of racism in the context of healthcare. This will also be used in further research projects as an insight into what has already been done and published.

Key Terms: racism, decision making, healthcare, patient, medical intervention, medical distrust

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