A new study has shown that black patients experiencing gastrointestinal problems were 19% more likely to have serious complications or die than white patients in U.S. hospitals. However, when they were treated at hospitals with a population that was more racially diverse, black patients tended to fare better.
Researchers from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN found that when African Americans received treatment at medical facilities with a more diverse patient population, they were 20% less likely to experience major complications or die than their counterparts in more racially homogenous hospitals.
This study doesn’t prove that diversity improves health outcomes for black patients. However, the findings do suggest that physicians could better care for minorities when they frequently see patients from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds.
These findings were published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology on March 22, 2016.