Study: Black Patients Often Coded in Negative Terms in EHRs

Black patients were more than twice as likely to have their patient behavior and history characterized in negative terms compared to white patients, data from electronic health records (EHRs) revealed.

This higher likelihood of having a negative descriptor in their EHRs — with terms such as “resistant,” “noncompliant,” or “agitated” — showed up even after adjusting for sociodemographic and health-related characteristics, reported Michael Sun, a third year medical student at the University of Chicago, and colleagues, writing in Health Affairs.

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