Thursday, September 06, 2012

Is this racist?

I really don't know what to make of this (from email):

"Patients’ race and disability status make a significant difference in their compliance with a life-prolonging medication regimen ... Even among individuals with nearly full drug coverage, the difference in adherence rates between racial groups remains" [link to abstract]

They're referring to post-event medication, finding that members of certain groups aren't really keen on follow-through regarding their own health, even if they can afford to.

Here's the problem:

Physicians should be aware of these differences in adherence as they treat patients


Just reinforcing the point that one should be taking one's medicine could be construed as racist, with potentially dire consequences to follow. And whatever happened to personal responsibility?

Oh, yeah.

[Hat Tip: UPMC]
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