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eNewsBreif: Hot Topics in Diversity
Oct. 31, 2008
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Doctors in Study Prefer Whites to Blacks
from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Racial disparities have long been documented in health care, but a University of Washington study on doctors' possible biases is validating the feelings of many African-American patients. The study found that most doctors unconsciously prefer white people to black people. The exception was black doctors, who exhibited no preference for either race. More

Even in HR, Women's Pay Lags Men's
from The Wall Street Journal
The gap in pay between men and women is among the most persistent problems in management. Now, new research shows that even in a profession dominated by women, the top earners are still men. Most human resource professionals are women, but last year 37 of the 50 highest-paid HR executives at Russell 3000 companies were men, according to a survey of 2007 proxy statements by Equilar, Inc., a California-based executive compensation research firm. More

Gay Elders' Distinctive Challenges get Closer Look
from The Associated Press
Frank Carter was once a globe-trotting professional dancer; his world is smaller now. He battles multiple health problems, walks with a cane and rarely leaves his compact Manhattan apartment. As an 86-year-old gay man, with no family nearby and many acquaintances long since dead, he'd seem a likely prospect for isolation. More

Minorities’ Fear of Medical Research Probed
from Houston Business Journal
Fear and mistrust of medical research are keeping a disproportionate number of African-Americans and Hispanics from participating in medical studies, a recent gathering of public health professionals and political leaders found. The town hall meeting was the first of eight regional dialogues to be held across the country as part of a four-year national program to assess the state of clinical trials in the United States and to find ways to include more minorities in medical research. More

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U.S. Hospitals Lag in Patient Satisfaction
from Forbes
Patients in many U.S. hospitals are not satisfied with their care, Harvard researchers report. In the first national survey of patients' experiences, many hospitals were found wanting in key areas such as pain management and discharge instructions. In fact, almost one-third of patients gave low ratings to pain management, and one-fifth gave low ratings to communication at discharge. More

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Detected In Patient Experiences
from Science Daily
A study surveying patients in more than 1,500 physician practices has found racial and ethnic disparities in patient health care experiences, with minority patients having worse experiences than white patients. More

Hospital Cuisine: It's Way More than Jell-O These Days
from The Commercial Appeal
The selections at Kay Kafe at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., reflect the diversity of patients and staff who end up at St. Jude from all over the world. "Kay Kafe is our biggest component but we consider the patient food service the most important. Not only do they have to heal, but they have to grow and develop," said Cathy Weaver, director of food service. More

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