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Psychiatr Q. 2001 Winter;72(4):337-45.

The impact of racism on the delivery of health care and mental health services.

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  • 1Bronx Psychiatric Center, Bronx, New York 10406, USA.


This article presents research findings useful in formulating a Best Practices Model for the delivery of mental health services to underserved minority populations. Aspects of the role of racism in health care delivery and public health planning are explored. An argument is made for inclusion of the legacy of the slavery experience and the history of racism in America in understanding the current health care crisis in the African-American population. The development of an outline in APA DSM IV for the use of cultural formulations in psychiatric diagnosis is discussed.

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