Warning: Stereotyping Can Harm Patients’ Health

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on October 20th explored the impact of stereotyping in health care setting has on patient health and well-being. The researchers interviewed an estimated 1,500 people aged 50 and over as part of the U.S. Health and Retirement Study. They found that people who felt at-risk of being stereotyped on the basis of weight, age, race, gender, or social class in the healthcare setting we more likely to:

  • have hypertension
  • be depressed
  • rate their own health more poorly
  • be more distrustful of their doctors
  • feel dissatisfied with their care
  • be less likely to use highly accessible preventive care, including the flu vaccine.

Read a description of the study.

Read the full study report.