“African Americans suffer from the worst medical care in America and drive a significant amount of poorly utilized medical dollars in the form of increased hospital length-of-stay, high readmission rate, and poor follow up and medication compliance. Providers, particularly newer providers, can begin to make a difference by having a resource that reviews these research-confirmed important differences,” says Northeast Ohio Medical University associate professor Gregory Hall, M.D.
A book written by Dr. Hall, highlights important differences in delivering clinical care to African Americans.
Dr. Hall explains that special factors to consider for this population include cancer prevention screening, hypertension treatment and attention to diseases that are prevalent among African Americans.
“Until now there had not been a resource that residents and providers with sizable African American patient populations could use,” says Dr. Hall. “With patient-centered care and population health being stressed within hospital systems, this book is very timely.”