An Examination of Racial Disparities in Inpatient Consultations

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OBJECTIVE: To determine whether racial disparities occurred among specialty and allied health inpatient consultations for patients admitted to adult hospital services at an academic hospital. METHODS: A retrospective data analysis of the first 2000 patients, ages 18 years or older, admitted to an academic hospital. RESULTS: No regression model demonstrated any statistically significant relation between race and type of inpatient consultation received. No statistically significant difference in the number of inpatient consultations was found. CONCLUSIONS: Processes within the healthcare setting studied did not contribute to racial differences in consultation services. Our findings suggest that implicit racial bias may not be a factor when ordering consultations, but the findings are more likely affected by more appropriate factors such as the patient's age, length of stay, and complexity/severity of illness score.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

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  • Medicine(all)

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