American research: if white doctors take care of black people, the neonatal mortality rate is three times higher

A recent study in the United States found that black newborns are more likely to survive if they are cared for by black doctors. The mortality rate of black infants cared for by white doctors is three times higher than that by black doctors.

according to CNN, this study shows that the death rate of black newborns can be reduced by 39% to 58% when black doctors are responsible for delivery, which reveals a striking fact: in the first few hours of a person’s life, racial differences can have a significant impact. By contrast, white infant mortality is largely unaffected by the race of doctors.

this finding supports previous studies. Previous studies have shown that although infant mortality in the United States has declined in recent decades, the mortality rate of black infants is still significantly higher than that of white children.

researchers at George Mason University analyzed data on 1.8 million newborns in hospitals in Florida between 1992 and 2015. The researchers found that under the care of white doctors, black newborns were three times more likely to die in hospitals than white newborns. “Surprisingly, in some more complex cases, this tendency seems to be more pronounced when hospitals deliver more black newborns. The results show that black doctors are significantly better at caring for black newborns than their white colleagues

the researchers did not speculate on the reasons behind this phenomenon, but pointed out: “based on this study, we hope to help hospitals and other nursing institutions reduce racial prejudice and explore the link between infant mortality and racism.”

according to the office of minority health of the United States Department of health and human services, the mortality rate of black infants is 2.3 times higher than that of white infants. According to a report released in June by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, the risk of death of black infants was still more than twice that of white infants between 2000 and 2017. CUISINE&HEALTH