Patient-Physician Race Concordance, Physician Decisions, and Patient Outcomes

Han YE, Junjian YI

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


Using administrative data from a large and diverse emergency department (ED), we examine the impact of race concordance between patients and physicians on physician decisionmaking and patient health outcomes. We find that patient-physician race concordance increases consultation time and decreases the probability of inpatient admission and diagnostic testing. Subsequently, race-concordant patients have lower revisit rates after ED discharge. The effect of race concordance is largely driven by patients who had less serious illnesses and whose diseases had nonspecific symptoms or less clear causes. The results are best explained by the informational and communication mechanism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-779
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Issue number4
Early online date25 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  • Health care disparities
  • Racial interactions
  • physician decision-making
  • Patient outcomes


Dive into the research topics of 'Patient-Physician Race Concordance, Physician Decisions, and Patient Outcomes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this