Coauthored paper by Keisha Ray discusses cases of racially concordant care

By Angela Gomez, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
September 27, 2021

Should a Healthcare System Facilitate Racially Concordant Care for Black Patients?” is the title of a recent article coauthored by Lauren A. Taylor, PhD, MDiv, MPH; Osaze Udeagbala, MD, MBA; Adam Biggs, PhD; Helen-Maria Lekas, PhD; and Keisha Ray, PhD. The article appears in this month’s issue of Pediatrics. In the paper, the authors present literature about health outcomes for Black patients treated by Black physicians and discuss a case involving a medical director who is considering the implementation of a voluntary program to promote racially concordant care for Black patients. The discussion addresses benefits and challenges to such a program, including the potential burdens placed on Black physicians.