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Author Sacks, Tina K., 1972- author.

Title Invisible visits : Black middle-class women in the American healthcare system / Tina K. Sacks
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 148 pages)
Contents The black middle class in white space : stereotyping and the healthcare encounter -- Invisible visits : black middle-class women in the American healthcare system -- Patient preferences : the relative (un)importance of race and gender concordance -- The Mississippi appendectomy : race and reproductive healthcare
Summary "Although the United States spends almost one-fifth of all its resources funding healthcare, the American system continues to be dogged by persistent inequities in the treatment of racial and ethnic minorities and women. Invisible Visits analyzes how middle-class Black women navigate the complexities of dealing with doctors in this environment. It challenges the idea that race and gender discrimination-particularly in healthcare settings-is a thing of the past, and questions the persistent myth that discrimination only affects poor racial minorities. In so doing, the book expands our understanding of how Black middle-class women are treated when they go to the doctor, why they continue to face inequities in securing proper medical care, and what strategies they use to fight for the best treatment (as well as the consequential toll on their health). Drawing from original research, the author shines a light on how women perceive the persistently negative stereotypes that follow them into the exam room, and proceeds to illustrate why simply providing more cultural-competency or anti-bias training to doctors will not be enough to overcome the problem. For Americans to truly address these challenges, the deeply embedded discrimination in our prized institutions-including those in the healthcare sector-must be acknowledged." -- Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 30, 2019)
Subject African American women -- Medical care
African American women -- Health and hygiene
Women -- Health and hygiene.
African Americans.
Physician and patient.
Women's Health
African Americans
Healthcare Disparities
Physician-Patient Relations
Socioeconomic Factors
African American.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
African American women -- Health and hygiene.
African American women -- Medical care.
United States
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018042544
ISBN 9780190840235