Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Med students think blacks don't feel pain? Good grief

In the April 4 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a study from the University of Virginia says a substantial number of white medical students and residents think black people don't feel pain like white people do.  They assume black people's skin is thicker, that their blood coagulates more quickly.

Studies show black Americans are systematically undertreated for pain. Could this be the ridiculous reason?

Such physicians may also assume their black patients will abuse pain killers more than whites.

The research team asked 222 white med students and residents to rate pain on 1-10 on two cases--a kidney stone and a leg fracture--for both a white person and a black person.

They also asked these participants about some health differences between blacks and whites, to wit: blacks age more slowly than whites, their nerve endings are less sensitive than whites', their blood clots more quickly, their skin is thicker. THESE ARE ALL FALSE.

Half the sample believed at least one of the false statements.

They also looked at 10 more experienced physicians. These prescribed according to WHO guidelines and did not buy into the false ideas.

The researchers said the students were not necessarily prejudiced, but believed too heartily in biological differences.

Well, prejudice or mistaken belief, that kidney stone hurts both races equally.

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