In the News Study: Oregon Paramedics Undertreat Pain in Black, Hispanic, Asian Patients

Published October 18, 2018 in EMS1.com

A new study that has the endorsement of state health officials reports that Black, Hispanic, and Asian patients in Oregon receive worse medical care from emergency responders than white patients.

“This study provides evidence that the inequity of the medical care they receive starts at the beginning of their interaction with health care when they call 911 for EMS treatment,” said David Lehrfeld, medical director of Oregon Health Authority’s Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Systems.

The Oregon Health Authority and federal health agencies financially supported the study.

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