Race Plays Role in Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing – UCSF

pills spilling out of bottleA new analysis of nationwide emergency department (ED) records led by UC San Francisco researchers has revealed that black patients seen for back or abdominal pain are roughly half as likely as white patients to be prescribed opioids in the ED or at discharge. The study’s authors suggest that addressing such race-based disparities will require unearthing and discussing subconscious bias in hospitals and beyond. [read on]

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