Race and ethnicity do not affect baseline self-report of pain severity in patients with suspected long-bone fractures

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-110
Number of pages5
JournalPain Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 12 2009



  • Analgesia
  • Emergency department
  • Race/ethnicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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