Racism? Why Doctors Think Black People Feel Less Pain



Survey: Medical Students Believe African-Americans Feel Less Pain

The University of Virginia survey found there’s an implicit racial bias in how students and medical professionals treat pain.

PBS NewsHour: Is There A Racial ‘Care Gap’ In Medical Treatment?
A new study finds African-American patients are often treated differently when it comes to medicine and care. The survey of more than 500 people, 400 of them medical students, found implicit bias exists that may help explain why black people are sometimes undertreated for pain. Among its findings: Medical students believed that African-Americans felt less pain than white patients, and even thought their skin was thicker. (Ifill, 4/5)

NPR: UVA Study Links Disparities In Pain Management To Racial Bias
Numerous studies have shown that black patients are less likely than their white counterparts to receive pain medicine for the same injury. Now, new research from the University of Virginia suggests a reason why. It found that a substantial number of white medical students and residents believe black people are less sensitive to pain. (Cornish, 4/5)

Los Angeles Times: Does A White Doctor Understand A Black Patient’s Pain?
A new study reveals that in a group of 222 white medical students, half judged as possibly, probably or definitely true at least one of 11 false beliefs about racial differences. And that is not without potential consequences for the patients these medical students may one day treat, the new research suggests. (Healy, 4/4)


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