Eliminating disparities in pain management

Margaret R. Paulson, Anthony H. Dekker, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola

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Not all patients are treated equally for their pain with some therefore being undertreated. Discrepancies still exist in the way physicians treat special populations of patients such as racial minorities, women, and substance abusers. All healthcare providers need to be aware of the not so readily apparent disparities resulting from stereotyping, bias, ageism, and socioeconomic considerations. Physicians can best provide appropriate and equal care by following pain management guidelines; however, they may receive contradictory information and be apprehensive about prescribing opioids, especially to substance abusers. In this "refreshed" article, the authors describe patient encounters with patients of color and offer some goals for removing inequality and inequity from clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the American Osteopathic Association
Issue number9 SUPPL. 5
StatePublished - Sep 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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