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The effect of perceived racial discrimination on bodily pain among older African American men.
Pain Med. 2009 Nov; 10(8):1341-52.PM

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

We examined the extent to which experiences of racial discrimination are associated with bodily pain reported by African American men.

METHODS

The study sample consisted of 393 African American male veterans who responded to a national survey of patients aged 50-75 who received care from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Veterans were surveyed by mail, with a telephone follow-up. The response rate for African Americans in the sample was 60.5%. Pain (assessed using the bodily pain subscale of the 36-item short-form health survey), experiences of discrimination, employment, education, and income were obtained through the survey. Age, race, and mental health comorbidities were obtained from VA administrative data. Multiple regression analysis adjusting for item non-response (via imputation) and unit non-response (via propensity scores and weighting) was used to assess the association between racial discrimination and likelihood of experiencing moderate or severe pain over the past 4 weeks.

RESULTS

Experiences of racial discrimination were associated with greater bodily pain (beta = -0.25, P < 0.0001), even after controlling for socioeconomic and health-related characteristics.

CONCLUSION

Perceived racial discrimination was associated with greater pain among a sample of older African American male patients in the VA. Additional research is needed to replicate this finding among other populations of African Americans.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA. diana.burgess@va.govNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20021596

Citation

Burgess, Diana J., et al. "The Effect of Perceived Racial Discrimination On Bodily Pain Among Older African American Men." Pain Medicine (Malden, Mass.), vol. 10, no. 8, 2009, pp. 1341-52.
Burgess DJ, Grill J, Noorbaloochi S, et al. The effect of perceived racial discrimination on bodily pain among older African American men. Pain Med. 2009;10(8):1341-52.
Burgess, D. J., Grill, J., Noorbaloochi, S., Griffin, J. M., Ricards, J., van Ryn, M., & Partin, M. R. (2009). The effect of perceived racial discrimination on bodily pain among older African American men. Pain Medicine (Malden, Mass.), 10(8), 1341-52. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1526-4637.2009.00742.x
Burgess DJ, et al. The Effect of Perceived Racial Discrimination On Bodily Pain Among Older African American Men. Pain Med. 2009;10(8):1341-52. PubMed PMID: 20021596.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The effect of perceived racial discrimination on bodily pain among older African American men. AU - Burgess,Diana J, AU - Grill,Joseph, AU - Noorbaloochi,Siamak, AU - Griffin,Joan M, AU - Ricards,Jennifer, AU - van Ryn,Michelle, AU - Partin,Melissa R, PY - 2009/12/22/entrez PY - 2009/12/22/pubmed PY - 2010/3/6/medline SP - 1341 EP - 52 JF - Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) JO - Pain Med VL - 10 IS - 8 N2 - OBJECTIVES: We examined the extent to which experiences of racial discrimination are associated with bodily pain reported by African American men. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 393 African American male veterans who responded to a national survey of patients aged 50-75 who received care from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Veterans were surveyed by mail, with a telephone follow-up. The response rate for African Americans in the sample was 60.5%. Pain (assessed using the bodily pain subscale of the 36-item short-form health survey), experiences of discrimination, employment, education, and income were obtained through the survey. Age, race, and mental health comorbidities were obtained from VA administrative data. Multiple regression analysis adjusting for item non-response (via imputation) and unit non-response (via propensity scores and weighting) was used to assess the association between racial discrimination and likelihood of experiencing moderate or severe pain over the past 4 weeks. RESULTS: Experiences of racial discrimination were associated with greater bodily pain (beta = -0.25, P < 0.0001), even after controlling for socioeconomic and health-related characteristics. CONCLUSION: Perceived racial discrimination was associated with greater pain among a sample of older African American male patients in the VA. Additional research is needed to replicate this finding among other populations of African Americans. SN - 1526-4637 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20021596/The_effect_of_perceived_racial_discrimination_on_bodily_pain_among_older_African_American_men_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/painmedicine/article-lookup/doi/10.1111/j.1526-4637.2009.00742.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -