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Pain relief in US emergency rooms is related to patients' race

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 15 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:139
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Patients from ethnic minorities seen in emergency rooms are relatively undertreated for pain, according to a new study (Annals of Emergency Medicine 2000;35:11-6, 77-81).

    Doctors at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, conducted a retrospective analysis of the medical charts of 217 patients who had presented with long bone fractures to a single urban emergency department over 40 months.

    Of the total, 127 patients were black and 90 were white. The patients had similar injuries and similar complaints of pain. Overall, 43%of the black patients received no pain medication whereas only …

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