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Are the misdiagnoses in the healthcare system linked to systemic racism?

Diana Castaneda; Mehadi Chowdhury; Wagiha Mariam; Angie Mohamed

Systemic racism refers to the prejudice towards Black Americans embedded in society that exists in different establishments. However, as Black Americans are discriminated against in several institutions, the mistreatment of these individuals in the healthcare system is scarcely discussed. In the healthcare system, issues such as misdiagnoses are prevalent and affect the quality of life of the thousands of people who receive improper treatment. We wanted to determine how systemic racism is present in the healthcare system through misdiagnoses. Due to the nature of the study we were unable to administer any surveys or conduct interviews. Our methodology focused on collecting archival data, in which we compiled in a table. Through the collection of archival data, it was found that there is a large gap in public data and that disparities do exist in misdiagnoses for Black individuals. Thereby, it is imperative that further research is done to account for the gaps in data.

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