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Semin Perinatol. 2017 Aug;41(5):293-298. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2017.04.006. Epub 2017 Jun 7.

Racial and ethnic disparities in obstetric anesthesia.

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1
Department of Anesthesiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 251 E, Huron St, F5-704, Chicago, IL 60611.
2
Department of Anesthesiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 251 E, Huron St, F5-704, Chicago, IL 60611; Center for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611. Electronic address: p-toledo@northwestern.edu.

Abstract

Racial and ethnic disparities are prevalent within healthcare and have persisted despite advances in medicine and public health. Disparities have been described in the use of neuraxial labor analgesia, with minority women being less likely to use neuraxial labor analgesia than non-minority white women. Minority women are also more likely to have a general anesthetic for cesarean delivery than non-minority women. The origins of these disparities are likely multi-factorial, with patient-, provider-, and systems-level contributors. The purpose of this article is to give an overview of disparities in obstetric anesthesia.

KEYWORDS:

Disparities; Obstetric anesthesia; Regional anesthesia

PMID:
28600029
DOI:
10.1053/j.semperi.2017.04.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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