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What Role Does Race And Ethnicity Play In Medical Interactions Between Patients And Their Doctors?

March 6, 2002

What Role Does Race And Ethnicity Play In Medical Interactions Between Patients And Their Doctors?

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston VA Medical Center's Houston Center for Quality of Care & Utilization Studies (HCQCUS) will host Lee Sechrest, PhD, a visiting professor from the University of Arizona and pioneer in the field of examining the effect that such variables as race, ethnicity, and culture have in every day life.

Dr. Sechrest, professor and chairman of University of Arizona's department of psychology and senior adviser for the VA's SREB (what is this?) grant review group, will present, "Measure That! Race, Ethnicity, and Culture" at HCQCUS's conference on Wednesday, March 13 at 12:00 p.m.

In his lecture, Dr. Sechrest will share his thoughts on measuring variables like race, ethnicity, and culture, and will suggest methods best suited to the measurement of these types of variables. Dr. Sechrest's lecture is part of a series of seminars and lectures focusing on HCQCUS's EXCEED initiative where VA researchers are trying to better understand the roles race and ethnicity play in medical interactions between patients and their doctors.

Dr. Sechrest's lecture is sponsored by the Measurement Excellence Initiative (MEI). Dr. Kimberly O'Malley, MEI coordinator and HCQCUS senior scientist, comments that, "Dr. Sechrest is an expert in the field of measurement; and we are fortunate and delighted to have someone with his reputation and expertise as our guest."

Dr. Sechrest, whose primary interest is in the development and improvement of methods for research and data analysis, will speak from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Houston VA Medical Center's HCQCUS on the corner of Holcombe and Almeda (the former Nabisco building).

For more information about Dr. Sechrest's presentation, contact Elizabeth Martin at 713-794-8680 or Kimberly O'Malley at 713-794-8631.

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