Mistrust in the medical field can be generated through experiences of racism and discrimination during interactions with members of the medical community. Black and African American individuals find themselves facing increased rates of morbidity including heart disease, and diabetes, and increased rates of mortality as compared to White individuals yet are treated less frequently and to a lesser extent. This thesis examines the mistrust black people have towards the medical field, as well as differences within the black community in terms of experiences with medical racism. In order to collect this information, I created a survey that enquires about race and ethnicity and the types of encounters that individuals have had with medical professionals. I analyzed the responses and found that a majority of those surveyed believe that medical racism does exist. Although the production of medical mistrust is evident, it is a difficult task to eliminate it. Therefore, this thesis recommends that more emphasis be placed on the sociological aspects of medicine.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Forrest, Danielle, "Does Medical Racism Influence Medical Mistrust in the Black Community?" (2021). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 888.