April 24, 2006
CONTACT: Olivia Fermano
Racial Disparities in Medicine: A Matter of Trust?
(Philadelphia – PA) A national survey the Abramson Cancer
Center of the University of Pennsylvania shows that African-Americans
may have lower levels of trust in physicians, nurses, and other health
care providers than whites, especially if they regularly receive care
in a facility other than a physician’s office. This reduced level
of trust may account for continued disparities in health care outcomes
for African-Americans – even when all other socio-economic factors,
including access to care – are equal, suggest the authors. The results
are being published in the April 24th issue of Archives of Internal
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1973 as a center of excellence in cancer research, patient care, education and outreach. It is one of a select group of only 39 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States and is one of the top five in National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding. Home to one of the largest clinical and research programs in the world, the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania has 300 active cancer researchers and 300 full-time Penn physicians involved in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. For more information about specific types of cancer, cancer treatment, clinical trials, and research advances, visit the Abramson Cancer Center’s resource on www.penncancer.org or OncoLink at www.oncolink.org.
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