Doctors don’t treat black patient pain the same way they treat white patient pain

Only 57 percent of the kids got anything for their pain in the emergency department, they found, and only 41 percent got an opioid drug. And just 12 percent of black children got an opioid drug for pain.

“Our findings suggest that there are racial disparities in opioid administration to children with appendicitis,” Goyal’s team wrote.

“Our findings suggest that although clinicians may recognize pain equally across racial groups, they may be reacting to the pain differently by treating black patients with nonopioid analgesia, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, while treating white patients with opioid analgesia for similar pain.” [link]

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