September 13, 2010

Study: African American Blood Donors Don’t Trust Hospitals

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ African Americans are less likely to donate blood in the United States. A new study reveals it is due to their lack of trust in the healthcare system.

A survey, conducted in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, revealed that one in five African Americans do not trust hospitals. This lack of trust was consistent with those who were not donating blood.

"Blood centers and hospitals need to build trust with the African American community. Increased trust will result in increased blood donor rates, increased participation in research, and increased medical knowledge," Beth H. Shaz, M.D, Chief Medical Officer of the New York Blood Center was quoted as saying.

SOURCE: Transfusion, September 2010