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The role of race in clinical decision making

Moscou, Susan, MPH, PhD, FNP; Baker, Serena, FNP

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000530212.09407.bd
Feature: CLINICAL DECISION MAKING
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Abstract: Is race/ethnicity useful in clinical decision making? This article uses a case example to discuss the role of race/ethnicity in clinical decision making, how racial/ethnic categories were developed, potential problems of using racial/ethnic categories, and the difference between risk factors and risk markers. The authors make the argument that using a patient's race/ethnicity in clinical decision making often results in a missed or incorrect diagnosis.

Is race/ethnicity useful in clinical decision making? This article uses a case example to discuss the role of race/ethnicity in clinical decision making, how racial/ethnic categories were developed, potential problems of using racial/ethnic categories, and the difference between risk factors and risk markers. The authors make the argument that using a patient's race/ethnicity in clinical decision making often results in a missed or incorrect diagnosis.

Susan Moscou is an associate professor at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Serena Baker is an NP at Barnard College Primary Care, New York, N.Y.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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