The health of African American men continues to lag behind their counterparts. As noteworthy, they remain one of most disconnected groups from health care. Patient ratings of health care are associated with medical adherence and better health outcomes. However, the literature is sparse concerning African American men’s rating of their health care. The goals of this study were to examine African American men’s rating health care and predictors of rating of their personal health care provider.
Dr. Keith Elder and his colleagues at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis found African American men’s health care ratings were mostly above 80 (on a 100-point scale). Furthermore, physician communication was the strongest predictor of health care provider rating for African American men. Even though a rating of 80 is better than average, the poor health outcomes and absence of African American men remain problematic. The authors believe greater understanding of the medical encounter can enhance how African American men interface with the health care system and health outcomes.
Their study was published in the American Journal of Men’s Health in May, 2014.