Study: Blacks Less Likely to Receive Antidepressants

A new report finds a racial gap in medications prescribed for depression.

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Blacks and Latinos suffering from mental-health disorders such as depression are less likely to be prescribed antidepressants, according to a new study from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, the Huffington Post reports. According to the study, white patients receive prescription medication 1.5 times more than blacks and Latinos afflicted with major depressive disorders.

From the Huffington Post:

“This study confirmed previous findings that sociological factors, such as race and ethnicity, and patient health insurance status, influence physician prescribing behaviors,” said Rajesh Balkrishnan, associate professor in U-M SPH and principal investigator. “This is true in particular for major depressive disorder treatment.”

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