a Study published Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that black infants were three times more likely to die in hospital than black infants when cared for by white doctors. When black doctors cared for black babies, the death rate was cut in half.
According to the researchers, the greatest reduction in black neonatal mortality occurred in complex births and “striking” forms of giving more black babies in hospitals.
The race for a doctor caring for white babies did not make much difference to the chances of survival.
For the study, researchers analyzed 1.8 million hospital birth records in Florida between 1992 and 2015 and determined the race of doctors responsible for each infant.
The researchers concluded that the difference in mortality could be attributed to “racial consent between physician and neonatal patient”.
The study found no statistically significant relationship between maternal death risk and mother’s doctor’s race.
Research as follows Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Studies Last year found that black babies were more than twice as likely to die before their first birthday, even when statistically controlled for the mother’s income or level of education.
While infant mortality has declined in the US, the disparity between white and black infant mortality has increased.
The US is ahead of only three other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries for infant mortality: Mexico, Turkey and Chile. According to the CDC, more than 22,000 infants died in 2017 before they reached their first birthday, and black infants died at twice the rate of white, Asian, or Latin infants.