Minorities Tested For Drugs, Alcohol More Often Than Whites,
Hospital Admissions Study Says
Sacramento, CA: Racial and ethnic minority patients admitted to US
hospitals are more likely than Caucasians to be drug tested, according to
a soon-to-be published study in the August issue of the journal Health
Among adult US trauma patients, "Black and Hispanic males in all
injury severity groups were tested for alcohol more frequently than
Caucasian males," authors at the University of California at Davis
"Hispanic males in the moderate injury group were also tested
for drugs more frequently than Caucasian males."
Authors based their findings on an evaluation of more than 79,000
adults admitted to 58 institutions participating in the US National Trauma
According to survey data published by the US Department of Health and
Human Services, Caucasians consume alcohol and use illicit drugs in
greater numbers than African-Americans or Hispanics.
"Racial and ethnic minority trauma patients in the US are tested for
alcohol and drugs at higher rates after adjusting for potential
cofounders," authors concluded.
"Because having a positive alcohol or
drug test can adversely affect a patient's medical care, differential
testing that is racially or ethnically biased may place minority patients
at risk of receiving disparate care."
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