Across the field of surgery, racial/ethnic minorities present with higher incidence and prevalence of surgical disease and worse postoperative outcomes.1- 4 Even after adjusting for contributing factors, such as socioeconomic and insurance status, differences persist in the receipt and outcomes of care.1- 4 Research suggests that racial/ethnic disparities in surgical care stem from a complex interplay of patient, provider, and systematic factors.1 As health care professionals, surgeons play a key role in patients’ outcomes. Surgeons’ lack of awareness of racial/ethnic disparities in surgical care may impede actions to alleviate gaps in care. The objective of this pilot study was to assess current US surgeons’ awareness of racial/ethnic disparities in surgical outcomes and processes of surgical care.
Britton BV, Nagarajan N, Zogg CK, Selvarajah S, Torain MJ, Salim A, Haider AH. US Surgeons’ Perceptions of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health CareA Cross-sectional Study. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(6):582-584. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.4901