*A new, very unsettling, study was published this month in the “Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.”
It revealed that although doctors said similar things to black and white patients on their deathbed, the doctors nonverbal behavior showed a lack of compassion for the black patients.
This racial bias was revealed by actors used to portray black “patients” and their family members. And they said doctors showed less compassionate care for them than they did with white “patients.
According to HuffPost, researchers studied 33 hospital-based doctors from western Pennsylvania, placing them in “high-fidelity” simulations in which the actor patients read from matching scripts while exhibiting the same simulated vital signs. Each “patient” was accompanied by another actor who was pretending to be a family member.
The doctors knew that they were part of a study, but they were not told what the study was about.
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