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When an individual feels as if a doctor is dismissing their medical concerns, it can lead to a decrease in patient-engagement and other long-term negative medical affects. Medical gaslighting and misdiagnosis affect minority groups on a more severe level:

“The experience of having one’s concerns dismissed by a medical provider, often referred to as medical gaslighting, can happen to anyone. A recent New York Times article on the topic received more than 2,800 comments: Some recounted misdiagnoses that nearly cost them their lives or that delayed treatment, leading to unnecessary suffering. Patients with long Covid wrote about how they felt ignored by the doctors they turned to for help.” New York Times