Patient - Physician Race Concordance and Communication in Primary Care


Minority patients receive fewer health services than white patients and are less satisfied with the care they do receive. Prior research into doctor-patient communication has demonstrated that patients who are treated by a physician of the same race are more satisfied with their health care than patients treated by a doctor of a different race. To identify behaviors that may explain this correlation, this project will interview same-race and different-race doctor-patient pairs and analyze audiotaped interactions during visits. Findings could be used to train physicians and educate patients in productive, two-way communication-an essential component of high-quality care.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator:
Lisa A. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 14, 2000

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