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clinical decision making, ethnicity, race, race/ethnicity, risk factors, risk markers, schistosomiasis



  1. Moscou, Susan MPH, PhD, FNP
  2. Baker, Serena FNP


Abstract: Is race/ethnicity useful in clinical decision making? This article uses a case example to discuss the role of race/ethnicity in clinical decision making, how racial/ethnic categories were developed, potential problems of using racial/ethnic categories, and the difference between risk factors and risk markers. The authors make the argument that using a patient's race/ethnicity in clinical decision making often results in a missed or incorrect diagnosis.