Racial disparities exist in pediatric pain treatment in EDs

09/23/2013 | Reuters

Black patients had a 39% lower likelihood of receiving any painkiller than their white counterparts and were 62% less likely to receive a narcotic, according to data on nearly 2,300 children and teens sent to the emergency department for abdominal pain, cramps or spasms. Researchers also noted that blacks and Hispanics had 60% to 70% higher odds of staying in the emergency department for longer than six hours compared with whites. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics.

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