FACTS ABOUT RACIAL DISPARITIES AND PATIENT SAFETY
• The death rate of African American women who are pregnant is higher than white women regardless of education level. https://blackdoctor.org/517210/pregnancy-childbirth-are-killing-black-women-heres-why/
• The breast cancer death rate is 40% higher for African American women.
• Overall, doctors spend less time with African American patients.
• African American people are given less pain medication.
• There is extensive evidence and research that finds unconscious biases can lead to
differential treatment of patients by race, gender, weight, age, language, income and
insurance status. https://www.jointcommission.org/resources/news-and-multimedia/newsletters/newsletters/quick-safety/quick-safety-issue-23-implicit-bias-in-health-care/implicit-bias-in-health-care/
• New York City hospitals that mainly serve African-American expectant mothers have
severe complication rates two-and-a-half times higher than those that mainly serve white
mothers, even after you factor in patient complexities.
Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education and Advocacy (CPSEA) is dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety through education, advocacy, and support.
We envision a world in which the patient's voice is heard and no one is harmed by healthcare.