Navigation Links
Minorities More Likely to Receive Alcohol Counseling

A study has found that African-American and Hispanic adults have twice the odds of reporting receiving counseling about alcohol use from a physician//, compared with white adults. What causes this disparity in counseling is not known, but this may be a rare instance of minority populations receiving better and more appropriate health care than the majority.

However, the finding may also mean that physicians are more likely to assume that African-Americans and Hispanics have alcohol issues. “Yet blacks are less likely to be binge drinkers than whites,” said study author Kenneth Mukamal, M.D., an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and an internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

The study evaluated data from an extensive national telephone survey performed in 1999. More than 15,000 people took part in the survey. Participants were asked about their alcohol use, among other topics, and about what preventive counseling services they received.

Compared with non-Hispanic whites, the odds of being counseled about alcohol use were 1.83 for non-Hispanic blacks and 2.17 for Hispanics — roughly twofold higher.

When Mukamal analyzed survey results for diet counseling, he found no substantial difference in the odds of receiving such counseling based on race or ethnicity, suggesting that the disparity in counseling about alcohol use did not extend to other preventive health counseling issues.

According to Mukamal, a difference in who gets alcohol counseling can lead to false excess reporting of alcohol abuse among blacks and Hispanics and may mean that problems with alcohol use are being missed among whites. “This will lead to perpetuation of stereotypes,” he said.

“Everyone visiting the doctor should have this conversation, especially those with chronic conditions, regardless of their race or ethnicity,” said Luisa N. Borrell, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology with C olumbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. “In contrast, it is interesting that the study also reports that there was no racial or ethnic difference in receiving diet counseling when the prevalence of overweight or obesity is higher among minorities.”

It would be naive to disregard the possibility of racial bias or stereotype toward blacks and Hispanics in medical settings and assume that the difference in who gets counseling about alcohol use is coincidental, Borrell said.

Source-Newswie
SRM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Minorities, Uninsured Less Likely to Receive Care at High-Volume Hospitals
2. Minorities Likely to Keep Fighting Death to the End
3. Likely reason which makes analgesics work against Alzheimers
4. Homeless More Likely to Die Early
5. A Likely Use For Estrogen Therapy
6. Blood Transfusion A Likely Cause For A Rare And Fatal Brain Disorder
7. Sleep Disorder,The Likely Cause Of Most Road Accidents
8. Premature Babies More Likely If Women Have Higher Protein Albumin In Urine
9. Women Less Likely To Conceive Post-Caesarean
10. Obesity More Likely to Cause Disability than Death in Elderly
11. A Likely Breakthrough For Prostate Cancer Patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/14/2019)... ... ... Early bird pricing for Medical Device Risk Management: Prepare for the Winds ... conflicted, confusing. And it is getting even more complicated , The international standard is ... new standard adds new definitions, changes the clause numbering, introduces new requirements, changes many ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... ... January 14, 2019 , ... ... and availability of VARIZIG® (Varicella Zoster Immune Globulin [Human]) for post-exposure prophylaxis ... In the update, the CDC notes that VARIZIG is commercially available from a ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... ... ... Living Well Providers of 2019. , Acupuncture, Dr. Wai Chu - Homdel ... Dr. Joanna Jodar - Somerset , Dr. Barbara Knoll - Lavallette , ... Dr. Robert J. Reinhardt - Pequannock , Dr. Sylvester Rich - Bound Brook , ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... , ... January 14, 2019 , ... ... availability of the newly updated International Audit Protocol Consortium (IAPC) EHS audit protocol ... audit protocols to understand the scope of their EHS regulatory obligations and rapidly ...
(Date:1/13/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... January 12, 2019 , ... ... Professionals Committee (YPC) in conjunction with Temple University hosted a continuing education (CEU) ... and Mentees. The event aimed to create a series of talks to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/14/2019)... , ... January 14, 2019 , ... The Villas at ... an anniversary party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 16. , “Since ... said Rod Burkett, CEO of Gardant Management Solutions, the company that manages the community. ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... , ... January 14, 2019 , ... Dexter foot and ankle podiatry has been serving ... for all your foot and ankle needs! We can help take care of you whether ... top of the foot pain or even any heel or ankle problems. We can ...
(Date:1/11/2019)... Ariz. (PRWEB) , ... January 11, 2019 , ... ... loss products and solutions, is now helping customers transform their gut health. The ... features probiotics and digestive enzymes that complement each other to support better daily ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: