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Assignment 2: Stereotyping

Read all parts (1 to 7) of the article "Influence of Patients' Socioeconomic Status on Clinical Management Decisions: A Qualitative Study" at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/570581.

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If a physician's recommendations are influenced by the patient's socioeconomic or racial characteristics, some groups may have poor access to quality care.

Do you think that healthcare professionals stereotype patients, and that such stereotyping affects their clinical decision? Describe any personal experience you may have of it.

What do you think are the causes of stereotyping? What are the likely effects?

Do you agree with the solutions offered in the article to counteract stereotyping? Give reasons for agreeing or disagreeing.

Suggest at least one method, not reported in the article, for countering stereotyping.

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The influence of patients' socioeconomic status in Clinical Management is debated.

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The response will be attached to an edit later tonight. I needed to extend the time but didn't want the deadline to expire.

If a physician's recommendations are influenced by the patient's socioeconomic or racial characteristics, some groups may have poor access to quality care.

Do you think that healthcare professionals stereotype patients, and that such stereotyping affects their clinical decision? Describe any personal experience you may have of it.

Stereotyping occurs in the healthcare profession on a routine basis. Although seemingly counterintuitive, sometimes it is done with the patient's best interest in mind. Physician's frequently have to base their course of medical treatment on the reality that certain SES patients will react similarly to the SES group they are part of. For instance, in a cardiology practice a physician may see a patient that is from an upper SES and prescribe a certain ...

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