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Minority children are receiving slower and less thorough care when visiting the ER, reported Dr. Jessica Noonan for ABC News. A study by Dr. Tiffani Johnson revealed that black and Hispanic children were more likely to spend more than six hours in the ER than white children, Noonan writes.
Black children were also 39 per cent less likely to receive pain medications. When the pain was severe, the difference was even greater.
Noonan notes that the problem might not be rooted in racial profiling, but rather in the fact that doctors are not trained to recognise pain in patients of different race.
“I hope that providers caring for children will recognise this, and make efforts to ensure they are proving appropriate pain control for children of all ethnicities,” Johnson told Noonan.
This is not the first time that racial and ethnic disparities in health care have been brought to the public’s attention. In 2002, a report by the Institute of Medicine of National Academies highlighted a number of ways that care of minority patients differed from that of white patients.
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