As a member of the healthcare profession, I have a duty to ensure that my services are available for all members of society.
Dr Wizdom Powell, lead author of a study in the journal Behavioral Medicine, points out that “medical mistrust is significantly contributing to delays in African American men utilizing the health care system”.
The study refers to the need for ‘patient-centered interactions’ which are characterised by ‘mutually as well as supportive and responsive communication’. This ensures a higher likelihood of ‘patient to trust’. As the study points out:
“For African-American men, who are disproportionately exposed to daily, racialized slights against their humanity, a little patient-centeredness could go a long way in restoring their medical organization trust, as well as improving timely detection and screening.”
In addition, the study points out that I, as a clinician, need to remain aware of the “the more pernicious role of structural racism in policies, practices, and procedures impacting medically vulnerable and underserved populations”.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Psychotherapist, (Licensed Professional Counselor), Ridgewood NJ 07450
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