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The purpose of this literature review is to determine how black communities are being impacted by racial/social determinants of cardiovascular health, and to investigate potential healthcare solutions to eliminate these disparities.

As physical therapists, we commonly treat patients following lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Post-op outcomes have been found to be impacted by racial disparities in decision making in whether care providers offer surgical care, differences in access to care due to socioeconomic barriers, and differences in attitudes towards surgical care among ethnic groups.

Review of current literature has revealed that more research should be done to establish ways of remedying the systemic and environmental issues influencing healthcare disparities. Methods that have been proposed to mediate disparities impacting the well-being of minorities populations innclude:

  • Community-based programs to establish trust with the medical profession within the black community
  • Improve access to adequate affordable healthcare, nutritious foods, and other health resources
  • Increase recruitment of minorities into healthcare professions

Publication Date

Summer 8-19-2020


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


San Marcos, CA

Medical Subject Headings

Physical Therapy, Healthcare Disparities, Social Determinants of Health, Minority Groups, African Americans,


Health and Medical Administration | Health Services Research | Inequality and Stratification | Physical Therapy | Physiotherapy | Public Health


Poster presented at the Summer 2020 Campus Research Day on the San Marcos, CA, campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on August 19, 2020.

Remedying Healthcare Disparities Affecting the Black Community