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Socioeconomic status plays major role in opioid pain control
Date:6/26/2013

iptions 49 percent of the time for moderate to severe pain, versus 39 percent of the time for patients from lower income areas. Discrepancies also existed among various levels of poverty, with the poorest least likely to get opioids for pain. (Prior studies have documented similar outcomes based on race, even in cases where a patient has a bone fracture.)

Regional differences also were observed, with opioids prescribed more often at emergency departments in the South and West, compared to the Northeast. Although the study was not designed to answer why the disparities occur, the authors said the reasons are complex and should be investigated further. Co-authors Michael Joynt, M.D., and Meghan Train, D.O., a resident in the Department of Medicine at URMC, said that uniform standards and more medical education would help to promote unbiased prescribing.


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Contact: Leslie Orr
leslie_orr@urmc.rochester.edu
University of Rochester Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

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