U.S. Study Says Doctors Subconsciously Favor Whites

CHICAGO — Doctors subconsciously favor whites over blacks, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday in a finding that may explain widespread racial disparities in health care in the United States.

A long line of studies have found that U.S. blacks get inferior care for cancer and a variety of other ailments compared to whites but experts concerned about the disparities have struggled to understand why.

“This supports speculation that subtle race bias may affect health care, but does not imply that it will,” said Janice Sabin of the University of Washington in Seattle, who presented the study at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in San Diego.

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