Prejudice in Perceptions of Physicians?: The Influence of Race and Gender on Evaluations of Medical Errors 1 1 2 N. Derek Brown, B.A. , Larry R. Martinez, Ph.D. ,and Michelle BMikki^ R. Hebl, Ph.D. 1 2 Department of Psychology, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA; Rice University, Houston, TX, USA. KEY WORDS: Physician race; Physician gender; Medical errors; Patient RESULTS care. The mean age of participants was 37.09 (SD = 12.54) and J Gen Intern Med 33(6):807–8 77% of participants were White/Caucasian. Table 1 pro- DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4385-y vides means, standard deviations, reliabilities, and correla- © Society of General Internal Medicine 2018 tions of the variables included in the analyses. There were no differences in care quality perception or suggested con- sequences for severe errors between race and gender INTRODUCTION groups (Table 2). For all groups, patient care perceptions were more negative and consequences for major errors Little is known about prejudicial attitudes patients have were more severe compared to minor ones (F(2,473) = toward physicians. Past research shows that physicians 38.97, p <.001). 1–3 commonly face discrimination , and although Asian For minor errors, there was no difference between pa- physicians constitute the largest ethnic minority popula- tient care
Journal of General Internal Medicine – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 12, 2018
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