The purpose of the study was to extend the scope of earlier research on minority physicians attending to the needs of the poor and their own ethnicity by contrasting practice characteristics of Hispanic doctors in Colorado with those of their white, non-Hispanic counterparts. It was found that Hispanic physicians spent more hours per week in direct patient care, were more likely to have a primary care specialty, and were less often specialty board certified than white, non-Hispanic doctors. Hispanic generalists established practices in areas in which the percentages of the population that were (1) below poverty level, (2) Hispanic, (3) Hispanic and below poverty level, and (4) white, non-Hispanic, and below poverty level were greater than in areas in which white, non-Hispanic primary care physicians practiced. These findings argue for special provision to admit ethnic minorities to undergraduate and graduate medical education programs.


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