Race and Ethnicity Do Not Affect Baseline Self-Report of Pain Severity in Patients with Suspected Long-Bone Fractures
Article first published online: 31 JAN 2009
© American Academy of Pain Medicine
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 106–110, January/February 2009
How to Cite
Bernstein, S. L., Gallagher, E. J., Cabral, L. and Bijur, P. (2009), Race and Ethnicity Do Not Affect Baseline Self-Report of Pain Severity in Patients with Suspected Long-Bone Fractures. Pain Medicine, 10: 106–110. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2008.00542.x
- Issue published online: 31 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 31 JAN 2009
- Emergency Department
Objective. To determine whether race or ethnicity affect baseline description of pain by patients with suspected long-bone fracture.
Design. Secondary analysis of data from an observational study of patients age 18–55 in two urban emergency departments.
Outcome Measures. Patients rated their pain using an 11-point scale, where 0 represents no pain, and 10 represents the worst possible pain.
Results. 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.
Conclusions. Ethnoracial oligoanalgesia cannot be explained by differences in baseline pain severity.