Trust in doctors: Is there a black-white difference?

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2012-01-01
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Guffey, Thomas
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Previous research has not been consistent in providing evidence on whether there is a significant difference between African Americans and white Americans in trust in doctors. This study uses data from the 2002 General Social Survey and ordinary least squares regression to reexamine this issue. It was expected that blacks are less likely to trust their doctors than whites either before or after controlling for other predictors of trust. The results of the study support this hypothesis and confirm previous reports that blacks are less likely to trust their doctors than whites. The implications of the findings are discussed.

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Sociology, Social sciences, Black-white difference, Doctor-patient relationship, Healthcare, Trust in doctors, Trust in physicians
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