Doctors Twice as Likely to Diagnose Black Patients with Schizophrenia, Less Likely to Treat Them – What’s the Solution?

African-Americans are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia than whites and less likely to receive medication to treat the condition, according to a new study published in the Psychiatric Services journal.
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“It’s concerning that we saw a higher rate of diagnosis of schizophrenia and seemingly an undertreatment in terms of pharmacotherapy for that group,” Ashli A. Owen-Smith, assistant professor of health management and policy at Georgia State University, said in a news release. “In general, pharmacotherapy is an important part of the treatment plan. That’s a finding that warrants some additional research.”
Owen-Smith co-authored the study.
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Researchers analyzed the medical records and insurance claims of patients at 11 health care centers in the Mental Health Research Network, whose mission is improve the understanding and management of mental health conditions through a closer connection between research, practice and policy.

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