DIALOGUE AND DISCUSSION ON EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT AND RACE
I have wanted to ask this question... so here goes
I have attended the seminars on race and fully understand how this concept of race came about. I am working on my dissertation and the literature that I am reading refer to race as a characteristics that is a determinant of specific risk factors (high blood pressure, obesity, kidney disease, depression). When statistics were run on a study similiar to the one I am working on it "showed" that there was a significant difference of a particular illness relative to "race" Additionally the investigator looked at age, income, etc.
These descriptive analyses are done so clinicians know what population or individual to target for disease prevention/teaching, etc.... in hopes that we can eradicate illness incidence/prevalence in a certain population.
In my practice I see that folks of my skin color and darker are plagued with diseases like kidney failure, hypertension(high blood pressure), stroke, obesity, and diabetes at a disproportional rate than other "colors" of people. What are your thoughts on race relative to health/health outcomes.