A cross-national look at the health impacts of perceived healthcare discrimination in the rapidly aging populations of the U.S. and Brazil

Bell Fellows Angela Dixon and Leslie Adams

As populations continue to grow and live longer, their reliance on healthcare systems to help them prevent and treat the illnesses and disabilities associated with aging will also continue to grow. In order to support healthy aging within a society, it is imperative that barriers to healthcare access are minimized. Perceived healthcare discrimination is one such barrier that is worthy of deeper exploration, and now recent Harvard Bell Fellows Angela Dixon, PhD, and Leslie B. Adams, PhD, along with their colleague Tszshan Ma, have published a study in SSM – Population Health that “is among the first to investigate perceived discrimination among similar populations using data sets intentionally harmonized for cross-national comparisons.”