Physician-Patient Communication and Minority Issues Research Proposal by Nicky

A research proposal on the relationship between Caucasian physicians and minority patients.
# 150878 | 1,862 words | 12 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper examines the literature to explore whether minority patients and their Caucasian physicians experience difficulty in their communication and other aspects of the relationship. The paper outlines the methodology of a proposed study that aims to determine whether ethnicity or race matters to a patient when he or she sees a medical professional, and whether that ethnicity affects the perceived quality of care that the patient receives.

Literature Review

From the Paper:

"Some research has come about because health and mental health issues among a certain minority group were found to be of interest. For example, Asian-Americans tend to underuse mental health services, although there is significant evidence to show that their need for the services is actually higher than that of the Caucasian population. While 30 percent of Caucasian clients did not return to a mental health clinic after the initial consultation, fully 50 percent of Asian clients failed to return (Sue and McKinney, 1975). It was largely believed that Asian-Americans were uncomfortable with the fact that there were very few Asian-American physicians of any type. These patients did not trust the credibility of Caucasian medical workers as much as they would have trusted a counselor of their own minority background (Atkinson, Maruyama, & Matsui, 1978).
"As for the results of the study they show that, at least where Asian-American patients are concerned, minority status is not the only thing that plays a role in the success or failure of medical treatment. The cultural sensitivity of the medical professional, the gender of both patient and physician, and how well the patient has assimilated himself or herself into a different culture -- the culture of the physician in question -- all affect the opinion of credibility in specific physicians (Travaline, Ruchinskas, & D'Alonzo, 2005)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Atkinson, D.R., Maruyama, M. & Matsui, S. (1978). The effects of counselor race and counseling approach on Asian-Americans perceptions of counselor credibility and utility. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 25, 76-83.
  • Atkinson, D.R. & Matsushita, Y.J. (1991). Japanese-American acculturation, counseling style, counselor ethnicity, and perceived counselor credibility. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 38, 473-478.
  • Dolinsky, N., Vaughn, S.C., Luber, B., Mellman, L. & Roose, S. (1998). A match made in heaven?: a pilot study of patient-physician match. Journal of Psychotherapy Practice Research, 7, 119-125.
  • Gim, R.H., Atkinson, D.R. & Kim, S.J. (1991). Asian-American acculturation, counselor ethnicity and cultural sensitivity, and ratings of counselors. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 38(1), 57-62.
  • Gordon, M.M. (1978). Human nature, class, and ethnicity. New York: Oxford University Press.

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

Physician-Patient Communication and Minority Issues (2012, April 29) Retrieved May 27, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Physician-Patient Communication and Minority Issues" 29 April 2012. Web. 27 May. 2023. <>