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Black babies are less likely to die when cared for by black doctors, US study finds

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 21 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3315
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Black newborn babies who are cared for by black doctors are more likely to survive than those cared for by white doctors, a US study has found.1

Researchers analysed 1.8 million hospital births in Florida from 1992 to 2015 and found that deaths were fewer by 257 in 100 000 among black newborns under the care of black doctors, when compared with care by white doctors. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported last year that, in 2017, the infant mortality rate among black …

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