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An Investigation of Associations Between Race, Ethnicity, and Past Experiences of Discrimination with Medical Mistrust and COVID-19 Protective Strategies.
Smith, Andrea C; Woerner, Jacqueline; Perera, Rochelle; Haeny, Angela M; Cox, Jonathan M.
  • Smith AC; Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA.
  • Woerner J; Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA. jacqueline.woerner@ucf.edu.
  • Perera R; Department of Psychology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA. jacqueline.woerner@ucf.edu.
  • Haeny AM; Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA.
  • Cox JM; Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA.
J Racial Ethn Health Disparities ; 2021 Jun 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1265603
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This study investigates the associations between three forms of discrimination, race and ethnicity, general medical mistrust, health-specific COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs, and adherence to COVID-19 protective behaviors. Participants (n = 963) completed an online survey during May 2020, when stay-at-home orders and other government mandates were implemented in many states. Results indicate that everyday discrimination and healthcare discrimination were associated with significantly higher general medical mistrust, and healthcare discrimination and structural discrimination were associated with higher endorsement of health-specific COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs. Higher endorsement of health-specific COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs, but not general medical mistrust, was associated with significantly lower engagement in health-specific COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs. This study helps to contextualize racial health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread impact of everyday, structural, and healthcare discrimination in society.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Prognostic study / Risk factors Language: English Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S40615-021-01080-x

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Prognostic study / Risk factors Language: English Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S40615-021-01080-x