A study published last week suggests built-in software bias may be responsible for the underdiagnosis of lung problems among Black men
The researchers analyzed the medical histories of more than 2,700 Black men and 5,700 white men evaluated by University of Pennsylvania Health System doctors between 2010 and 2020.
They focused on spirometry and lung volume tests to evaluate how many were determined to have breathing difficulties using a race-based algorithm, and found nearly 400 more Black male patients might have been diagnosed with breathing problems using a new algorithm.
Massachusetts General Hospital's Darshali Vyas said race-adjusting algorithms elevate the diagnostic threshold for Black patients, which may make them less likely to initiate certain medications or to receive referrals for medical procedures or lung transplants.
From Associated Press
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