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This study surveyed females who accessed prenatal care at an urban health center to determine perceptions of barriers to early initiation of services. We hypothesized distrust of healthcare professionals would result in delayed utilization. Results indicated that both minority and non-minority patients distrust health care professionals who have strong anti-minority bias and discriminate on the basis of race. Prenatal care was initiated later for minority participants compared to White participants, but only among participants who thought doctors and nurses were biased against minorities or felt they discriminated on the basis of race. Findings suggest the need to overcome distrust in health professionals to improve access to timely prenatal care for women of all races and ethnicities.


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