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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Emergency Department Analgesic Prescription

Tamayo-Sarver, Joshua H. and Hinze, Susan W. and Cydulka, Rita K. and Baker, David W. (2003) Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Emergency Department Analgesic Prescription. American Journal of Public Health, 93 (12). pp. 2067-2073. ISSN 0090-0036

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Objectives. We examined racial and ethnic disparities in analgesic prescription among a national sample of emergency department patients. Methods. We analyzed Black, Latino, and White patients in the 1997–1999 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys to compare prescription of any analgesics and opioid analgesics by race/ethnicity. Results. For any analgesic, no association was found between race and prescription; opioids, however, were less likely to be prescribed to Blacks than to Whites with migraines and back pain, though race was not significant for patients with long bone fracture. Differences in opioid use between Latinos and Whites with the same conditions were less and nonsignificant. Conclusions. Physicians were less likely to prescribe opioids to Blacks; this disparity appears greatest for conditions with fewer objective findings (e.g., migraine).

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Uncontrolled Keywords: racial and ethnic disparities; analgesic prescription; opioids; African Americans; Latinos
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Pharmacotherapy
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2011 20:40
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1066

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