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Minority Patients in ER Less Likely to Get Painkillers for Abdominal Pain

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – Minority patients are much less likely than white patients to be given pain medications when they seek emergency department treatment for abdominal pain, a new study shows. Minority patients were also more likely to have longer ER waiting and visit times and less likely to be admitted to the hospital, the study revealed. "These findings add to the overwhelming evidence that racial/ethnic disparities not only exist, but are endemic in health care settings," study co-author Dr. Adil Haider, director of the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a hospital news release. "Particularly important is the fact that these differences in pain medication use were concentrated in hospitals that treated the largest percentages of minority patients and among those reporting the severest pain, indicating that hospital-level ... Read more

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