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Medical mistrust and enduring racism in South Africa

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posted on 2021-01-05, 00:00 authored by Tessa Moll
In this essay, I argue that exploring institutional racism also needs to examine interactions and communications between patients and providers. Exchange between bioethicists, social scientists, and life scientists should emphasize the biological effects—made evident through health disparities—of racism. I discuss this through examples of patient–provider communication in fertility clinics in South Africa and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to emphasize the issue of mistrust between patients and medical institutions. Health disparities and medical mistrust are interrelated problems of racism in healthcare provision.

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Journal

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Location

Dordrecht, Netherlands

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1176-7529

eISSN

1872-4353

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2021, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Issue

Symposium: Institutional Racism, Whiteness, and Bioethics

Publisher

Springer Netherlands