Race and health care : problems with using race to classify, assess, and treat patients

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Title: Race and health care : problems with using race to classify, assess, and treat patients
Author: Nitibhon, Atalie
Abstract: Though racial classifications may serve as a mechanism for identifying and correcting disparities among various groups , using such classifications in a clinical setting to detect and treat patient needs can be problematic . This report explores how medical professionals and researchers use race in health care for purposes of data collection , risk assessment , and diagnosis and treatment options . Using mixed race individuals as an example , it then discusses some of the problems associated with using race to group individuals , assess risk , and inform patient care . Finally , it discusses how certain components of personalized medicine , such as genetic testing , Electronic Health Records , and Rapid Learning Systems could help address some of the concerns that arise from the application of race in a health care setting .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1138
Date: 2010-11-18

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Race and health care : problems with using race to classify, assess, and treat patients. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1138 .

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