female doc, male nurse, patient Research shows that having a health care provider of the same race (or one who speaks the same language as the patient) has been associated with patients being more likely to agree to preventative care. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Black adults are less likely to report being of the same race as their health care providers (22.2%) than white adults (73.8%) or adults of other races (34.4%). That’s the key takeaway from a new study by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization that provides data and evidence to help advance upward mobility and equity. Similarly, less than one in four Hispanic/Latinx adults (23.1%) report sharing a racial, ethnic, or language background with their usual health care provider.

Those disparities, researchers say, could lead to a mistrust of health care professionals by Black people and other people of color — resulting in long-term negative implications on patient-provider relationships and patient health outcomes.

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