A new research study from Oregon suggests that emergency medical responders (EMTs) may be treating minority patients differently than they treat white patients. Notably, the research revealed that black patients were 40% less likely to receive medications than white patients.
The study looked at 104,000 medical charts of ambulance patients from 2015 to 2017. It found that minority patients were less likely to receive morphine and other pain medication compared with white patients regardless of socioeconomic factors, such as health insurance status.
The research also revealed that outright bias is rarely displayed, suggesting to researchers that the bias may be unconscious.
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