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Rethinking race and kidney function: Study forecasts advantages and disadvantages for Black patients of removing race from kidney function calculators – Science Daily

Removing race from clinical tools that calculate kidney function could have both advantages and disadvantages for Black patients.

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Race is not biology. As a social construct, race is an unreliable predictor of physiologic variation and a notoriously unreliable marker for biologic differences across populations.To reflect this growing realization, hospital systems and professional medical organizations have started reconsidering the use of race in clinical calculators that estimate how well a person’s kidneys work. Indeed, some hospital systems have already removed race from these commonly used clinical tools.
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