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Indigenouse People and Health Care in Canada Resources

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

My first reference explores anti-indeginous bias among physician in Alberta. The experiment was conducted by have physicians state their preferrence between white patients and indigenous patients and how much they enjoyed indigenous patients. Unfortunate but not shockingly it was discovered that most physicians did prefer white patients to indigenous patients, thus supporting that there is a great deal on anti-indigenous bias in the health care system in Alberta.

Roach P, Ruzycki SM, Hernandez S, et al Prevalence and characteristics of anti-Indigenous bias among Albertan physicians: a cross-sectional survey and framework analysis BMJ Open 2023;13:e063178. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-063178

My next reference examines the effects of anti-indigenous bias as well as what may cause this. In this article they explore many of the negative effects that this bias or in other words racism has on the quality of care provided to indigenous members of society. We see that this bias results in poor quality care give to indigenous people, and sometime no care at all is provided as staff don’t believe these patients. As we learn in this article this racism is not only harmful but can and has led to the death of indigenous people in Canada.

Phillips-Beck, W., Eni, R., Lavoie, J. G., Avery Kinew, K., Kyoon Achan, G., & Katz, A. (2020). Confronting Racism within the Canadian Healthcare System: Systemic Exclusion of First Nations from Quality and Consistent Care. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(22), 8343.

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