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Racial, ethnic differences in opioid prescribing

JAMA Health Forum

Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

What The Study Did: This analysis of Medicare data found that physicians prescribed opioids for new low back pain less frequently to patients of racial and ethnic minority groups than to white patients during and after the first wave of the opioid epidemic, when less was known about the adverse effects associated with opioid use.

Authors: Dan P. Ly, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.P., of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, is the corresponding author.

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(doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2021.2333)

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