Black Newborns: Better off with Black Doctors?

The Problem: Startling differences in the survival of Black babies depending on the race of the doctor delivering them. 

A PNAS study from last September found that when Black babies were delivered by Black doctors, the infant mortality rate was halved, from 430 per 100,000 live births to 173 per 100,000.
 
The study covered 1.8 million Florida hospital births from 1992–2015, but the racial disparities it highlights haven’t gone anywhere.
 
The Solution: Researchers say all Black families don’t need to seek Black doctors—but the chasm needs to be understood and addressed. That means simultaneously helping medical schools equip all doctors to address racism and ensuring more Black doctors come through their ranks and can afford to set up private practices in their own communities.
 
The Washington Post

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