How racist patients impact physicians of color

How racist patients impact physicians of color


Doctor Monica Peek was the attending physician
for a patient with a serious condition. The patient refused care from Dr. Peek and
her team and issued a written request for a “white” physician. “… that the primary thing on his mind was
not his health and the well-being of himself and his family, but his racial prejudices
towards persons of color who are caring for him.” It’s an open secret. Credentials don’t protect physicians of color
from experiencing racism, and there isn’t an official national policy to help doctors
deal with patient prejudice. “Did it catch you by surprise?” “It did not catch me by surprise because again,
I had experiences like this throughout my life and throughout my career in medicine,
starting as a medical student but it was disappointing.” A recent study found that 6 in 10 doctors
surveyed had experienced some sort of biased remarks from their patients about their gender,
ethnicity, race, age or weight. About 16% or 160,000 physicians in the U.S.
are black or Asian and yet the study found the majority of them are targets of patient
prejudice when compared to other physicians. “You can’t go to a restaurant and say I don’t
want to be served by any Latino waiters. That would violate Title II of the Civil Rights
Act. I thought it was odd that here we have in
a medical context this happening all the time.” It’s called informed consent when patients
learn of their condition and give consent to a doctor for treatment. Patients have the right to refuse care by
a physician, but what if a patient refuses care due to bigotry? “I’ve been an African-American woman my entire
life. And so the experiences that I’ve had as a
physician with racism are not entirely different than experience I’ve had as a regular person
with racism.” The patient was transferred to the intensive
care unit (ICU), not because of his complaint but because of the severity of his illness. “The white coat, the hospital walls, they don’t
protect someone from racism. How does it impact physicians, or more specifically,
how does it impact you?” “It has been one of my greatest joys of my
life being a physician. Can we pause of a second?” The New England Journal of Medicine says for
minority health care workers, patient expressions of racial preferences are “painful and degrading”
and can “contribute to moral distress and burnout.” “Have you ever wanted to stop being a
physician?” “It has never occurred to me to stop
what I’m doing. Life is full of challenges. I know the road that is behind me that my
foremothers and fathers sort of fought to pave the way for me. So my road has most certainly been easier
than people who came before me. My road hopefully will be more difficult than
those who come behind me.” The article co-authored by Paul- Emile aims
to help physicians deal with discriminatory patients. Its flowchart offers options for moving forward
with care. For example, if a patient request is bigoted,
the chart suggests options to accommodate, transfer, negotiate or limit unacceptable
conduct from that patient. Paul-Emile admits that a request to be reassigned
to another physician isn’t always discriminatory or racist. “Even if they claim it’s based on the assigned
physician’s race or ethnicity, it might look like bigotry, but it could be something else. For example, it could be that the patient
is a war veteran and the physician reminds them of a former enemy combatant. In situations like this, it could be biased,
but it could also be PTSD.” “The bigger, more important issue is what happens
when patients are the target of racism. Structural racism. Interpersonal racism. Because they are the ones who are sick and
vulnerable entering the system and really need help. And the problem is not going to be solved
unless we all roll up our sleeves and get to work. So that’s every person. That’s every white person. That’s every straight person. Every person.”


100 thoughts on “How racist patients impact physicians of color

  1. I want a SISTA or BROTHA as my DOCTOR, BECAUSE I. KNOW THEY'RE MORE SMARTER AND MORE CARING AS DOCTORS; MORE ATTENTIVE TO YOUR NEEDS.

  2. THESE DUMBASS HYBRIDS DON'T REALIZE THAT ALL OUR MEDICINE, TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS WHERE STOLEN FROM US AS BLACK FOLKS. OUR ANCESTORS KNEW ABOUT ALL THIS, EVEN WHEN THESE HYBRID DEVILS WERE LIVING IN CAVES EATING THEIR OWN SHIT.

  3. When you are sick you should take the best caregiver you can get despite of color. It is stupid to discriminate on basis of race. You might dismiss an A1 doctor for a novice and then go home and complain because you didn't get the best care. Or perhaps you'll die because you missed out on expert help.

  4. There's no way in heck would I deal with black patients I'd I were a black physician. Nope. Most of my work would be humanitarian where it's appreciated.

  5. Racism is a Caucasian Trade Mark which is 97% of whites people Base on that. So called White Supremacy. But the same racism will take them away.

  6. I've seen black nurses discriminate and mock other groups, (Hispanic, and Asians, but mainly Hispanic immigrants,), when I spoke up against that, some white people joined them and both Blackd and White nurses and hospital workers turned against me in ways you won't believe,. The new America?

  7. Now this is true Racism and should be addressed by all who come across it. However, the left's multiple use of the term for everything under the sun, only serves to make events like these less than what they are. We must be very careful when we use the term Racism and call out those who use it without regard for the truth.

  8. This is 2018 Why should a beautiful qualified Doctor whom worked hard to HELP others all her life I feel she is strong but it is not FAIR THAT SHE SHOULD SHFFER THAT KIND OF RUDE INDIGNATION IN THIS DAY AND AGE WHAT HAPOENED TO THE MEDICAL COUNCIL HQ and HUMAN RIGHTS WHY ARD THEY NOT PROTECTING ANYBODY OF COLOUR OR DISABILITY THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE RACISM OF ANY CALIBRE SHOULD HAVE ACTION OR STRUCK OFF WITH REGARDS TO ANY MATTER MEDICALLY OFFENSIVE IN MY BOOKS RESPECT IS THE KEY FOR ALL CONCERNED.

    I LIVE IN LONDON I BELIEVE IN HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH AND THROUGH TO THIS DAY AND ALWAYS PEACE AND LOVE.

    FATIMAXXX

  9. If the racist patient was a Doctor he would harm his black patients, so he assumes that the black Doctor will do the same to white patients. That's why he/she requests a white Doctor.

  10. i am sooooo proud of her she definitely is paving the way for someone like me as a first year university student and for the new generations, i love you!!!!

  11. who cares non issue this topic is just not a thing doctors of African descent should know they are to take care of their own kind if they dont know that that's their problem they are trying to be apart of a Caucasian people and they are not. Im African descent and i would rather have an dictor of African descent than any other ethnicity. Caucasian society is based on racism thats how they got what they got why do you people act like you doesn't understand that get over it.

  12. Solution…… just let the patient die! Simple. Problem solved. Mentally they are clearly already dead. So let them die physically.

  13. If a patient wanna be racist let them be its their health BUT if a doctor wanna be racist they should not have a license, its like some people who think that doctors are bad so they wont go thats their life but a doctor should always try and save life no matter what the race, age, gender or sexuality

  14. THAT'S WHY WE NEED ALL BLACK HOSPITALS THAT OUR DOCTOR'S CAN WORK.AN MEXICAN TOO LET THESE RACIST WHITES HAVE THER OWN .WE MUST SEPARATE FROM THEM AN LET THEM DIE.

  15. Oh get over it. As if doctors actually care lol.

    I haven’t yet met a doctor that actually cares. This bitch is really putting on a show. Painful is what the patient is going through.

  16. I say the following as a black man. This is a life-and-death issue. I think patients should be able to choose based on race if they want to – as long as it poses no undue burden on the hospital’s or clinic’s administration.

    I understand that culture, religious beliefs and communication styles also attach to race, and patients have a right to deal with doctors who are more likely to share those commonalities.

    In a way, I view patient care the way I view hair care. People are going to be more comfortable with those of their own race, ethnicity and nationality.

    Having said that, these patients are going to learn the hard way that when they turn down physicians of color they are rejecting some very well-qualified providers. They have often worked twice as hard to get to where they are.

    Black physicians shouldn’t want to serve patients who don’t value or trust them based on race. If a patient assumes you to be inferior based on race, let him or her go. They will find out the hard way just how good you are.

  17. MOST(98%) WHITE PEOPLE HAVE A GENETIC MARKER THAT HATES ANYONE WHO DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THEM. PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE RACISM IS IN THEIR BLOOD LIKE LITERALLY!!ITS PASSED FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.THEY ARE ARROGANT, PRETENDERS,LIARS,HYPOCRITES.
    I NEVER BOTHER WITH THEM,EACH TO THEIR OWN.

  18. This is why we need to separate from our enemies… integration was NEVER the answer. Our own communities: banks; dental and medical practices; schools and universities, etc. The upcoming second Civil War will make this wonderful vision a reality.

  19. Patients should have the right to select their doctor. For example, I would prefer a male urologist because he has a DICK just like me. Likewise, I would expect a woman to want a female gynecologist vs a male gynecologist.

  20. Lets flip the script for a moment! White doctors tend to give people of color the worse medical treatment plan on a national scale.

  21. Whites always boycott anything that they consider Black owned.
    Black people need to start doing the very same thing that is considered White owned.

  22. People have freedom to choose for their health care. Bigotry as a reason for changing physicians is still an exercise of choice, and has to be respected. In the end, if having physicians of their choice impact their comfort, then so be it. As long as civility is practiced, choice should always be respected.
    Patient comfort is always a priority. However, physician comfort should never be taken for granted either. Taking care of people who does not appreciate your efforts is certainly uncomfortable.

  23. I don't give a s#!+ about a doctor or any professionals race, religion, ideology, nationality. I do care a great deal about how knowledgeable, skilled and generally how competent they are.

  24. The biggest problem with racism in the medical field isn’t the blatant biases people have with their physicians, but that it ultimately drives minorities from the career field altogether. From my understanding the percentage of black physicians in the US is at a staggeringly low 6 percent with black males making up only 30 percent of that, a drop of nearly 35 percent since the 1980s. Unfortunately I don’t have a solution for this, but I believe it’s in our best interest to have more Ben Carsons and less Lil Wayne’s inspiring our youth.

  25. Let these motherfuckers die then you don't have to deal with people of quote on quote color when you aren't here 👋 👋 👋

  26. I deal with stuff like this as a CNA they act real funny with you I just don't understand someone getting all choosy when you sitting in a pile of shit well stay funky bye!!

  27. Im sad 😷 i cried when i heard what happend i wana be either a dentist or doctor 🙁 my feelings are hurt black doctor its a beautiful women inside out im sick peoples bullshit being racist they need put them on diffenet planet god plz help us

  28. I would have told the racist, your great grandfather didn't have a problem raping black women back in the day so you shouldn't have a problem with me.

  29. This is another reason why i can never be a doctor! I have tendencies to tell a racist Mother*&er to choose between a heart attack or a black doctor. If he chooses the heart attack, i'll get it on video.

  30. The patient might not be receiving the treatment voluntarily, their anger is probably based more on that than their doctor's race. At a public or university hospital the cops probably brought them in. Not that legitimate racism doesn't happen it just might not be the patients idea to be there to receive treatment they didn't consent to.

  31. "Patients have the right to refuse care by a physician, but what if a patient refuses care due to bigotry?"

    Then let them die. 🤷 Trust me, you're doing all of us a favor here

  32. I don't have any problem with doctors graduated from here, but I really hate doctors graduated from Africa, they are selfish and stupid.

  33. Mostly exists in old people. My great grandfather was a veteran. Any Asian doctor he would ask them where they were from.

  34. I think gender in the medical field is far worse discriminated in the health field. Male nurses come to mind.

  35. Sometimes something so traumatic happen's to you in life that it leaves an indelible scar on your heart,and no matter how hard you try to get past it,you just cannot.the blatant racist treatment I received from  Dr Michael D'Angelo, and his staff in the we hours of the morning at the Harrisburg hospital ,was one of these life altering events.it subsequently,taught me the,the absolute disgusting depths of systematic racism,and how in this country ,I have nowhere to turn for justice! Not only were my complaintsnot taken seriously,but my actual medical records were altered to cover up the wrong doing,I spent moths filing grievance with everyone,from the patient advocate at Harrisburg hospital to to pinnacle health to the medical board of Pennsylvania ,and everyone in between.just to have it swept under the rug and to be shown that what I went through,in the eyes of the people who are supposedly put here to help means nothing at all.i was told that these things were investigated and that there was no fault found,I was told that maybe ,I took things to personally,I was told that "someone" has decided ,that what I went through,was deemed not worthy of actual assistance.but the fact of the matter is,I know the vile racist things that were said to me,I know how absolutely cold and and nasty I was.treated by the enire staff at the behest of the resident E.R Dr that night.and how I was pretty much threatened and chased away from the facility,only to have to drive 12 miles to the Hershey hospital for treatment .

    Deep down inside I know that the politics of this entire country outweigh,anything I may have experienced,and that racist acts will somehow be justified.with even a second thought for the mental and or emotional well-being,of a particular segment of society,due to the pigment of that particular group's skin.but I will due all that I can to tell my story,and continue to fight for justice,and answers.until someone is held accountable,and I feel that I am made whole and feel recompense is given to my spirit.

                      Thank you,

  36. Ok that's it…No more white doctors for me! How do I know if he/she is a racist and doesn't have my best interest at heart?

  37. What if a patient is neo nazi and doctor is black? I watched that on a tv show. The patient wanted to die. He did! He said he would rather die than be treated by a black. They tried to save him but he didnt make it!

  38. Personally I could never be a doctor/nurse as a black woman….i can't deal with that crap…but I admire what this beautiful doctor has accomplished and endured.

  39. I notice that blacks who act professional, classy and put together usually get signaled out by whites in professional environments. I have had this happen to me over the years in my career that I stopped acknowledging them at all unless I have too. A professional black woman is powerful and they hate to see that because you do not see it on a daily basis.

  40. If I can help it I request Black staff where ever I go I seek them out, mostly during high risk moments in my health history like when I gave birth I couldn’t get a black doctor but the Jamaican nurse 👩🏾‍⚕️ had my back during my labor where I could have died she looked out at the Jewish hospital I was taken to. Black people should seek out BLK staff where ever they go if possible to help them I don’t see the problem in that also White People should try to work on there mental when it comes to people of color particularly Black People because we don’t have a history nor a present day that suggest we after white peoples lives we really just be tryna get along 🤷🏾‍♀️🙄

  41. Two words Medical Restraints. Its why its always a good idea not to say racist things to a doctor or nurse. They can and will make your life miserable if they choose to.

  42. I'm not surprised. Racism is a system that effects all areas of activity. And the less you know about the system of racism and how it works, everything else will only confuse you.~Neely Fuller

  43. Imagine being racist towards someone who is smarter and way more successful than you will ever be! It goes to show no matter how good we are or how successful we are, black people will ALWAYS get shitted on.

  44. Next I would not even let that bother me Dr if you do not want to be treated and I would walk out and not look back and if you needed my expertise oh well I'm a black doctor you're just wait until you can get that white doctor that is not as good as me

  45. I only prefer Jewish Doctors or Indian Doctors so what… Just saying. I don't trust any other….A black Dr maybe. It depends on the circumstances, but I alway look online, and a black Dr wouldn't be my first pick…. A FEMALE DR…That would be hard..

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