About one-fifth of physicians surveyed said they had attended an educational seminar within the past six months to help enhance the health of minority patients, and about one-third said they had talked with colleagues about ways to address the health needs of minorities. Results of the survey of 2,000 physicians were released by the American Medical Association's Institute of Ethics and the Commission to End Health Care Disparities at a National Minority Health Foundation leadership summit. More than half of the physicians said they believed minority patients receive a lower quality of care than nonminority patients.
"This survey strongly suggests that momentum among physicians is growing strong to improve the health and healthcare of racial and ethnic minority patients," said Randall Maxey, the commission's co-chairman and former president of the National Medical Association. Some 54% of the physicians said they had read a journal article in the past six months to learn more about improving care for minority patients. About three-fourths of the physicians said they believed they were in a good position to improve the quality of care for minorities. Read the AMA's survey brief. -- by Michael Romano