Journal article

Racial disparities across provider specialties in opioid prescriptions dispensed to medicaid beneficiaries with chronic noncancer pain.

Chris Ringwalt, Andrew W Roberts, Hallam Gugelmann, Asheley Cockrell Skinner

Pain Med | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Chronic pain affects both psychological and physical functioning, and is responsible for more than $60 billion in lost productivity annually in the United States. Although previous studies have demonstrated racial disparities in opioid treatment, there is little evidence regarding disparities in treatment of chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) and the role played by physician specialty in these disparities. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study. SETTING: We analyzed North Carolina Medicaid claims data, from July 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010, to examine disparities by different provider specialties in beneficiaries' dispensed prescriptions for opioids. SUBJECTS: The population included whi..

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