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Racial and ethnic disparities in receipt of general anesthesia for cesarean delivery

JAMA Network Open

Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

About The Study: Racial disparities in rates of general anesthesia continue to exist; however, the findings of this study including 35,000 patients who underwent cesarean delivery suggest that, for laboring patients who had labor epidural catheters in situ, no disparity by race or ethnicity existed. Future studies should address whether disparities in care that occur prior to neuraxial catheter placement are associated with higher rates of general anesthesia among patients from ethnic and racial minority groups. 

Authors: Caroline Leigh Thomas, M.D., of the University of Chicago Medical Center, is the corresponding author. 

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