Race and Ethnicity Do Not Affect Baseline Self-Report of Pain Severity in Patients with Suspected Long-Bone Fractures

Department of Emergency Medicine, Monteflore Medical Center, Bronx, New York, USA.
Pain Medicine (Impact Factor: 2.3). 02/2009; 10(1):106-10. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2008.00542.x
Source: PubMed


To determine whether race or ethnicity affect baseline description of pain by patients with suspected long-bone fracture.
Secondary analysis of data from an observational study of patients age 18-55 in two urban emergency departments.
Patients rated their pain using an 11-point scale, where 0 represents no pain, and 10 represents the worst possible pain.
Of 838 patients, 49% were Hispanic, 29% African American, and 22% White. Mean baseline pain scores were, respectively, 8.2, 8.1, and 7.7. In multivariate analysis, pair-wise comparisons showed no significant differences in pain self-report.
Ethnoracial oligoanalgesia cannot be explained by differences in baseline pain severity.

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