2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Gender, Race, and the Patient-Physician Relationship


Ruthie A. Neisen
Dr. Amber Johnson, Dr. Brian Ott, and Dr. Anton Daughters, Faculty Mentors

In a field where the majority of physicians are white males, the standard for medicine and what is considered healthy revolves around what is healthy for the white male body. Medical and academic studies have found that when patients feel they can openly communicate with their physicians, they are more likely to see an improvement in their health. Subconscious biases of a patient or physician could potentially lead to miscommunication. By accessing survey participant’s comfort level, the study is consistent with the hypothesis that a physician’s race or gender identity affects a potential patient’s comfort level and willingness to communicate. The research study may help future researchers to have a better understanding of how race and gender affect a patient’s willingness to freely communicate with their physician.

Keywords: Gender, Race, Healthcare, Patient, Physician , communicaion, comfort, biases

Topic(s):Anthropology
Health Science
Communication

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 2-5
Location: https://flipgrid.com/8ce38d74
Time: 0:00

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