Racial Disparities in Care for Opioid Use Disorder

Gina South of the Perelman School of MedicineSara Jacoby of the School of Nursing, and colleagues describe the “racial empathy gap” in care for opioid use disorder, wherein Black patients are left wanting compassionate and dignified care when seeking OUD treatment, based on interviews with patients.

“The stigma of having a substance use disorder was felt to be compounded by the stigma of being a Black patient, leading to marginalization and discrimination during healthcare encounters.”