Health Care Disparities


Health Care Disparities


This 5-minute video includes an overview of health care disparities and some strategies for physicians to reduce them within their own practices.

This tool address various aspects of the issues surrounding disparities within health care, including:

  • Definition of health care disparities
  • Examples of health care disparities
    • Cardiac care
    • HIV/AIDS
  • Sources of health care disparities
    • The health care system
      • Service availability
      • Location of services
      • System organization
      • Low health literacy
      • Access for non-English speakers
    • The patient
      • Mistrust of the system
      • Treatment preferences or refusal
      • Appropriateness of care
    • The physician
      • Influence of race and ethnicity on treatment and diagnosis
      • Unconscious biases and stereotyping
      • Poor communication skills
      • Linguistic or cultural barriers
  • What you can do
    • Self assessment
    • Include race and language in patient record
    • Universal signage


American Medical Association

Funding Sources:

American Medical Association


Release Date: 2007
Original Summary: June 2007
Last Updated: 04/11/08

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