Chronic Pain — 01 October 2013

By Pat Anson, Editor

Researchers have found race and ethnic disparities in pain management among children who were treated for abdominal pain in hospital emergency rooms.

“This study contributes to the growing body of evidence showing disparities in pediatric health care,” said Tiffani Johnson, MD, primary investigator and emergency department physician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“Recognizing the existence of racial and ethnic disparities is a critical first step needed to eliminate inequities in care.”

Johnson and her colleagues analyzed data from a national study of nearly 2,300 emergency room visits by patients aged 21 and younger who complained of abdominal pain. A little over half of the patients were white, 23% percent were African American and 20% were Hispanic. The mean patient age was 14.5 years old.

Researchers found that black and Hispanic children were less likely to receive analgesics than white children, even when their pain was severe.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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