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April 20, 1994

Race, Class, and the Quality of Medical Care

Author Affiliations

From the Division of General Medicine (Section on Health Services and Policy Research), Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass. Dr Ayanian is a Medical Foundation/Charles A. King Trust Research Fellow.

JAMA. 1994;271(15):1207-1208. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510390077035

Race and class are important social factors that influence health in the United States.1 Two articles in this issue of THE JOURNAL address the relation of these factors to the quality and outcomes of medical care in two federal programs—

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