This work may serve as a reminder to the healthcare provider of the importance of developing a complete and nuanced understanding of a patient and recognizing that environment often affects healthcare risk factors and wellness efforts.
This cross-sectional study of African-American children 1 to 6 years of age (n = 31) in Kansas City, MO, finds a statistically significant inverse correlation between asthma control (measured by Test for Respiratory and Asthma Control in Kids score) and stress from racism.
Many healthcare organizations, including the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, joined hundreds of businesses in condemning racism and police brutality. The American College of Surgeons issued a call to action on racism as a public health crisis.
Surgeons and other healthcare professionals carry biases they might not acknowledge, which can contribute to racial disparities. Numerous studies in recent years highlighted differences between black and white surgery patients. Investigators have researched different surgeries as well as patients’ outcomes and access. They all came to the same conclusion: Black patients fare worse.
Contraceptive access initiatives often have focused on long-acting contraceptive methods, such as intrauterine devices and implants. These initiatives analyzed provider-level and financial access barriers to contraceptive methods. But this way of thinking has changed. Family planning experts now are examining access issues within a person-centered contraceptive care framework. This framework conceptualizes access according to what individual women want in contraceptives — not just around what they can afford and what is available.