7 Ways Black People Are Mistreated by Doctors and Hospitals

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Catch-22 for Mental Illness 

For emotional distress, African-Americans are more likely to seek help from primary care clinicians than from specialty mental health providers. However, in primary care, depression in African-Americans is less likely to be detected than it is in whites, according to a 2010 study in the “American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.” In a 2006 study in the “Journal of Family Practice,” of Medicaid recipients who had been diagnosed with major depression, African-Americans less often received antidepressant medications than did whites. Such disparities in pharmacologic treatments were also found in another study of African-American patients in primary care, using data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys.

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