Study: Black Kids Less Likely to Get Pain Medication in ER

| by Michael Allen

A study released by the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) reveals that black children are 39 percent less likely to receive pain medication in the emergency room than white children with similar problems.

The study’s lead researcher, Dr. Tiffani J. Johnson, told ABC News: “If we don’t recognize disparities, we’re never going to be able to close the gaps. Now we need to look at where these differences are coming from. Are they at the patient level, the parent level or the physician level?”

The PAS study also revealed that black and Hispanic children are likelier to have longer ER visits than white children, which may indicate longer waiting times for minority children.

Researchers used data from the CDC’s National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, which included more than 2,000 children from 550 hospitals who visited the ER for abdominal pain between 2006 and 2009.