How should doctors consider race?

Race is not genetic. It’s a concept most of us are familiar with, and yet, we haven’t really questioned why race plays a crucial role in medicine and scientific research. It’s one of the first things your doctor asks when filling out your charts, it can determine what your insurance will cover, and we paid special attention to how Covid-19 spread in BIPOC communities. But more and more, doctors are beginning to question whether a patient’s race should be considered when providing care, and if it’s eliminated from the equation, what should be included instead. Glad You Asked host Lee Adams wants to know: What role should race play in medicine?

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1 Response to How should doctors consider race?

  1. Is that an American thing or is race also checked in the British health system? I am quite sure that this does not exist in Denmark.
    It has always annoyed me that medical treatment is more or less the same for everybody and not individualized, because we are so different as individuals, but race or nationality should not come into it. Especially with hormone treatments, this giving everybody the same dosage is dangerous. We should be tested individually without considering race or place of origin. It is known now, that environment and way of living change our DNA, so both, race and place of origin are more or less wild guesses. It is this round handed categorizing that leads to false diagnosis.

    In my eyes, we should not analyse, how much percentage of what we are, but focus on holistic, individual diagnosis and treatment, that is what naturopaths do.

    … and race should not be mentioned in passports either …

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