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July 21, 2021

Addressing Structural Racism and Inequities in Depression Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, New York
  • 2New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York
JAMA Psychiatry. Published online July 21, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.1810

Racial disparities in depression treatment are well documented, with Black adults experiencing greater illness burden and more severe symptoms yet lower treatment rates compared with White adults.1 We posit racism is a fundamental driver of these disparities. Indeed, the American Psychiatric Association recently issued a formal apology for its support of structural racism.2 Despite increased awareness of racial injustice, theoretically informed recommendations to curtail racism’s effect on depression are limited.

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