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Study: African Americans Are Under-Treated For Pain

A new study finds racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations. (Pixabay)
A new study finds racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations. (Pixabay)

A new study seeks to understand why, when compared with white Americans, African-Americans are regularly under-treated for pain.

The research, conducted at the University of Virginia and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined the beliefs of white medical students and laypeople about biological differences between white and black patients, and found that many thought at least one false statement provided was possibly, probably or definitely true.

Dr. Damon Tweedy, who was not involved in the study, joins Here & Nows Robin Young to discuss racial disparities in medicine highlighted by the new study.

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