Racial Inequities In Migraine Treatment

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Key Questions
  • What is different about the experience that people of color have in seeking health care?
  • What are some historical or systemic factors that play into people of color receiving suboptimal health care? 
  • Along with race, what other factors might play into a patient receiving less than adequate health care?
  • What are the cultural factors that affect how we talk about pain and whether we seek professional help?
  • How much does the ethnicity of physicians matter in the care received by people of color?
  • Is migraine equally prevalent in all races?
  • Why are people of color often underrepresented in clinical trials?
  • How can we improve migraine care for people of color?
  • What role do health care practitioners have in combating racial inequities?
Interview Notes

Sheila L. Thorne

President & CEO
Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group

Sheila Thorne is a cross-cultural education specialist with specific expertise in diverse global cultures. For more than two decades, she has worked with health care professionals throughout North America, Latin America, and Western Europe. She advises the top 50 pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical-device companies, and 20 U.S. hospital systems in the clinical research and marketing of prescription medicines and consumer health products to people of color. She is also an associate clinical professor at Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare; adjunct professor in the physician assistant program at Quinnipiac University School of Medicine; an annual guest lecturer on ethnic media relations at the New York University Department of Media, Culture, and Communication; and lecturer on cultural competency in health care at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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