New study shows how complex trust in science, medicine is for Black Americans

A majority of Black adults have had at least one negative experience with a health care provider, according to a new report. But young Black women are particularly likely to report a harmful interaction during routine health care. 

More than 70% of Black women ages 18 to 49 said they’ve experienced at least one negative interaction with care providers, including dismissal of their pain or having to speak up to get proper care. Young Black women also are most likely to prefer seeing a Black doctor, expressing that health care providers who share their racial background are better at looking out for their best interests and treating them respectfully. 

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