Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Black Newborns Are 3 Times More Likely to Die When Treated by White Doctors

quote [ In the United States, race is a disturbing factor in infant-mortality rates: Research shows that Black newborns are three times as likely to die as their white counterparts. But according to a sweeping study published earlier this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the race of the mother’s doctor could also have a bearing on her child’s survival. ]

"How surprising," he deadpanned.

Black, Hispanic mothers report more pain after delivery but get less pain medication - Reuters

[SFW] [health] [+4 WTF]
[by steele@6:30pmGMT]


avid said @ 12:42am GMT on 20th Aug [Score:2 Insightful]
I think we need to know much more about how this study was controlled to decide the extent of the effect of racism. Unfortunately, the text of the study isn't freely available.

Could it be that black mothers with troubled pregnancies prefer (or are preferentially assigned) white doctors?

Was the influence of the hospital-to-hospital difference controlled for? Was the difference in socioeconomic factors (insurance, income, for-profit vs. charity) controlled for? How are doctors assigned to births? Are the factors there controlled?

The famous "women earn $0.70 for every $1 that men earn" claim withers substantially once various controls are added. I wonder if this is the same.
ubie said @ 10:40pm GMT on 20th Aug
These are the kinds of questions that need to be asked about basically every study. Just as a baseline, because scientific journalism is pretty bad.
endopol said @ 9:14pm GMT on 19th Aug
"However, when a Black physician attended a Black newborn, the in-hospital infant-mortality rate was approximately halved."

I'd say this makes Black newborns twice as likely to die when treated by white doctors. Not that that's not an insane statistic.
steele said @ 9:31pm GMT on 19th Aug
The 3 times likely to die is relative to white baby mortality rates, while the other is overall. I think.
Hugh E. said @ 9:41pm GMT on 19th Aug
Meanwhile, their findings showed that the doctor’s race had no impact on the mortality rate for white infants.
Systemic racism is systemic.
Fish said @ 4:05am GMT on 22nd Aug [Score:-3 Troll]
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