Racial categories in medical practice: how useful are they?

PLoS Med. 2007 Sep;4(9):e271. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040271.


Is it good medical practice for physicians to "eyeball" a patient's race when assessing their medical status or even to ask them to identify their race?

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Patient Care / methods*
  • Physician's Role
  • Professional Practice*
  • Racial Groups / ethnology*
  • Racial Groups / genetics