Abstract

Abstract:

Demographic concordance between patients and clinicians has been associated with better outcomes. The current perinatal care workforce is not adequately diverse to allow for patient-clinician concordance. In this mixed-methods study, we aimed to understand family physicians' perception of the impact of patient-clinician concordance on perinatal care. The predominantly (91%) non-Hispanic White sample of 1,505 family physicians (FPs) perceived gender and language concordance to affect perinatal care more than racial or ethnic concordance. Religious concordance is not perceived to greatly affect perinatal care. Nearly half (721) of the respondents chose to leave a free-text comment on the impact of concordance on perinatal care. Four categories emerged (patients, physicians, the patient-physician relationship, and potential ways to mitigate the impact of discordance). Based on the perceptions of FPs experienced in perinatal care, intentionally supporting continuity of care between patients and clinicians may help to mitigate the negative impact of discordance on perinatal outcomes.

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