How Race Influences Medical Diagnoses and Treatment

How Race Influences Medical Diagnoses and Treatment

Race correction currently factors into a number of medical measures, including lung capacity, kidney function and cognitive impairment. Race correction has even been the basis for litigation. Specifically, Davenport and Henry accused the NFL of subjecting the results of their neurological exams to race correction, potentially costing them millions of dollars in compensation. But the push to eliminate race correction in medicine occasionally conflicts with the concrete differences in disease risk between people of different races. For more on the role race, or racism, plays in health and medicine, read “Racism Is a Public Health Crisis” and “Medical Groups Call Racism a Public Health Issue.”

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