Black patients, black physicians and the need to improve health outcomes for African Americans

“Research shows that health outcomes for black patients are better when they are treated by black doctors. That research is critical given that African Americans in the United States generally experience poorer health outcomes across a variety of diseases and conditions. Currently, black men have the lowest life expectancy of any major demographic group in the United States and live on average 4.4 years fewer that non-Hispanic white men. There is also a documented maternal mortality crisis among African American women in the United States: Black women are three to four times more likely to die as a result of complications from pregnancy, labor and childbirth than white women.”

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