Racial Centrality May be Linked to Mistrust in Healthcare Institutions for African Americans
This work was supported, in part, by the Society of the Psychological Studies of Social Issues (SPSSI). The preparation of this article was supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH; 3R25CA057711).
Journal Of Health Psychology
Evidence suggests that racial identity is an important component to African Americans' self-concepts and therefore may be relevant to patients' trust in healthcare, yet little is known as to how racial identity may influence trust or mistrust. African American adults (N = 220) in the greater Portland, Oregon, area provided survey reports of healthcare-related attitudes and experiences. Those who reported higher racial centrality had lower trust in healthcare institutions. Based on these findings, clinicians employing patient-centered care approaches should recognize racial identity as an important component to patients' experiences when they seek to deliver equitable care to African American patients.
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Cuevas, A. G., & O’Brien, K. (2019). Racial centrality may be linked to mistrust in healthcare institutions for African Americans. Journal of Health Psychology, 24(14), 2022–2030.