Perceived Discrimination and Self-Reported Quality of Care Among Latinos in the United States

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In this article, the authors investigate the relationship between perceived discrimination (in general and as it relates to physicians and medical personnel), and self-reported quality of health care among Latinos. The study found that U.S.-born Latinos reported higher rates of discrimination and lower quality of care than foreign-born Latinos.

Researchers conducted telephone interviews of 1,067 Latino adults age 18 years and older, as part of the Pew Hispanic Center/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Hispanic Healthcare Survey. Using the Detroit Area Survey discrimination scale, they found that U.S.-born Latinos scored 9.3 versus 4.7 on the scale. For foreign-born Latinos, the effect of discrimination on doctor-patient communication was significantly smaller than that found in U.S.-born Latinos.

Discrimination is related to the quality of care and as such is important to address for Latinos.