Why doctors want Canada to collect better data on Black maternal health

Need this for many groups:

A growing body of data about the heightened risks faced by Black women in the U.K. and U.S. during pregnancy has highlighted the failings of Canada’s colour-blind approach to health care, according to Black health professionals and patients.

Black women in the U.K. and U.S. are four times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than white women, according to official data. A recent U.K. study published in The Lancet found that Black women’s risk of miscarriage is 40 per cent higher than white women’s. In Canada, that level of demographic tracking isn’t available.

“For our country, we don’t have that data. So it’s difficult to know exactly what we’re dealing with,” said Dr. Modupe Tunde-Byass, a Toronto obstetrician-gynecologist, and president of Black Physicians of Canada. “We can only extrapolate from other countries.”

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Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

2 Responses to Why doctors want Canada to collect better data on Black maternal health

  1. gjreid says:

    We really need action on this and a whole range of race-related issues, in particular as regards the various black communities and native communities – First Nations – in this country. It does seem that a great many people in the various high-prestige professions are either biased or asleep at the switch and deeply complacent or narrow-minded and operating on stupid prejudices when, being professionals, they should know much better. We need better statistics. The sheer inertia of our bureaucratic and political system seems to be enormous That prejudice should exist in the health care world seems particularly shocking since a very high proportion of health care workers, including at the highest and most skilled levels, seem to me at least to be from what used to be called visible minorities.

  2. Andrew says:

    Agree. Ironically, USA appears to be ahead of us on the statistics front. One of the few benefits of COVID is that it forced health authorities (and others) to become more aware of the need for this data and start collecting it in a number of jurisdictions. And of course, any analysis has to be linked to socioeconomic factors, not just ethnic or racial background.

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